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2017-03-21 06:02

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Police officers busy with crime prevention operations in Manenberg in an effort to combat gang violence came under attack again on Wednesday.

People’s Post has reported of previous attacks by community members (“Locals attack police after chase”, 9 February 2016).

According to spokesperson Captain Ian Bennett, officers deployed in the area to do high-density patrols and to gather information on gang shootings were surprised when they responded to a shooting in Sabie Road.

Bennett says that when the officers got to Sabie Road, they approached a man holding a firearm while running across the road towards Grieta Court.

Bennett says that the man, who is known to the officers, ran up the stairway. Officers in pursuit searched him and found the firearm, but Bennett adds that they soon found themselves surrounded by residents, saying that the man should be released.

“The action of the community in overpowering officers during the execution of their duties has become sad, as community members complain that the police are never around and that the police are never doing enough to combat gang violence – then this happens.

“The officers were surrounded by what seemed to be hundreds of community members, including community leaders who are supposed to be involved in making and keeping peace between gangs, with cellphones in hand ready to record when police officers act,” says Bennett.

He says the recordings are not made public when the police carry out their crime prevention duties, but that the public are quick to raise the flag when they feel the police have stepped out of line.

“The question is now asked: Are Manenberg residents serious about stopping gang violence and the killing of our youth? Officers’ lives are at stake if they are able to threaten them and force the release of a suspect. The community seems to be in full support of gangs,” Bennett adds.

Roegshanda Pascoe, chairperson of the Manenberg safety forum, says government needs to take responsibility.

“The reality is: As much as there are people fighting gang violence, there are people who see the gangs as their saviour. I am sorry that police get [attacked] a lot from the people.”V Continued on page 2.

Police officers busy with crime prevention operations in Manenberg in an effort to combat gang violence came under attack again on Wednesday.

People’s Post has reported of previous attacks by community members (“Locals attack police after chase”, 9 February 2016).

According to spokesperson Captain Ian Bennett, officers deployed in the area to do high-density patrols and to gather information on gang shootings were surprised when they responded to a shooting in Sabie Road.

Bennett says that when the officers got to Sabie Road, they approached a man holding a firearm while running across the road towards Grieta Court.

Bennett says that the man, who is known to the officers, ran up the stairway. Officers in pursuit searched him and found the firearm, but Bennett adds that they soon found themselves surrounded by residents, saying that the man should be released.

“The action of the community in overpowering officers during the execution of their duties has become sad, as community members complain that the police are never around and that the police are never doing enough to combat gang violence – then this happens.

“The officers were surrounded by what seemed to be hundreds of community members, including community leaders who are supposed to be involved in making and keeping peace between gangs, with cellphones in hand ready to record when police officers act,” says Bennett.

He says the recordings are not made public when the police carry out their crime prevention duties, but that the public are quick to raise the flag when they feel the police have stepped out of line.

“The question is now asked: Are Manenberg residents serious about stopping gang violence and the killing of our youth? Officers’ lives are at stake if they are able to threaten them and force the release of a suspect. The community seems to be in full support of gangs,” Bennett adds.

Roegshanda Pascoe, chairperson of the Manenberg safety forum, says government needs to take responsibility.

“The reality is: As much as there are people fighting gang violence, there are people who see the gangs as their saviour. I am sorry that police get [attacked] a lot from the people.”V Continued on page 3.

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