Marching against gangs

2017-07-25 06:00
Hundreds of Kensington and Factreton community members marched against gang shooting on Sunday.

Hundreds of Kensington and Factreton community members marched against gang shooting on Sunday.

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Kensington Community Policing Forum (CPF) organised a ‘soliderity’ march on Sunday against the lack of resources at the police station, random shootings and gangsterism in Factreton and Kensington.

Random shootings in these suburbs have been going on for almost two months. About 250 people took part in the march and a petition was handed over to the station. According to the CPF members the police are expected to respond with 14 days.

Three people have been killed and a learner was severely injured in June. The recent shooting occurred just an hour after the march after when an alleged gang member was shot at a tavern in Lysander Street on Sunday evening.

According to residents, the shootings happen at any time and anywhere and they now feel obliged to stay indoors at all times and keep their children from playing outside.

CPF chairperson Mogamat Nordien says the main objective of the march was to show solidarity with the community in calling on the authorities to provide resources so the police are able to perform their duties at a required standard.

“We have received numerous complaints from residents, saying the response of our police is not acceptable. However, it must be noted that it is due to a lack of resources,” says Nordien. “Our communities are being held hostage every single day. Children can no longer play freely in the parks or even on the road as they would want to, fearing that at any given time a shooting might just occur.”

Ward councillor Helen Jacobs welcomed the march and says it is about time community members stand together and find solutions to the ongoing violence. She says it is now a community concern and together they could go far. She wanted to use the march to meet and listen to participants.

Kevin Alexander, founder of Justice of the Peace in Kensington, says their suburb has been turned into a war zone. He says the perpetrators of these shootings are gangsters, drug users and drug dealers.

Shootings in the area are reportedly occurring between 01:00 and 08:00, noon and 16:00, and 20:00 and 00:00 and mostly take place in Glider Crescent, Albacore and Ventura streets, Salmander and Matroos squares, Lugmag Avenue, Lysander Street, 16th Avenue and Fortress Street. V See pictures on page 3.

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