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Cape Town gang toll increases - report

2012-09-25 09:04

Cape Town - Initiations into gangs and the release of gang members from prison may be causing a surge of shootings in Cape Town, it was reported on Tuesday.

The Cape Times reported that at least nine men had been killed in apparent gang-related shootings around the city in about two months.

Manenberg Community Police Forum spokesperson Kader Jacobs said that in the past six to eight weeks, roughly five shootings had been reported in his area.

He said one of the reasons for this could be that "high-flyer gangsters" had been released from prison, had returned to their power base, and needed to "stamp their authority".

He reportedly said another factor could be the gang initiation process, in which a person had to kill someone to get into a gang.

In the latest attack, Rashied Fortune, aged 20, was killed in Manenberg in a drive-by shooting on Saturday.

Comments
  • khathu.rasi - 2012-09-25 09:21

    Thats Cape town for you, these guys smoke tik, they shot my friend as if they dont have a heart, and for what a cellphone. U should hear their accent mxm

  • jurgen.eksteen - 2012-09-25 09:30

    A door-to-door eradication of gang members are needed here like the US did in Falluja. These gangs want to play at war so why not give it to them bigtime.

      Chris_420 - 2012-09-25 09:35

      hhhhhmmmmmm..... end a war by starting a war, sounds like a great idea jurgen! Maybe instead of jailing them with fellow gangsters and like minded people, they should be put into rehab centers and rehabilitated into society in a different way than just being let out etc?

      jurgen.eksteen - 2012-09-25 10:00

      @Chris_420 ... ending a war by fighting a war. They are already warring. You have a good idea there, but it seems that it is too late for most of these guys.

      Matthew - 2012-09-25 10:06

      Do you Know how much Rehabs cost? No worries,tax payers can cover it.like we do for everything else Yet alone that we pay for their comfortable stay in prison =/ Which by the way does nothing but make them more determined. Sorry chris,but i agree 100% with Jurgen I respect the idea of it,but in reality,the situation we all have to deal with is way past that. As far as end a war by starting a war...It'll be the war against crime that should've started along time ago. One much needed and long overdue. Its time that these cockroaches be stamped out and realise that the law is a force to be reckoned with,and that if they have a problem with that,they'd better be ready to die for this wholesome "Gangsta" life they choose to live.

  • Muneer23 - 2012-09-25 09:34

    I blame that that so called "peace petition' signed between the gangs and police/govt. Why give them such importance and stature to sign a "peace petition" They are criminals, and now you giving them recognition for their wrong doings

      alon.fisher.752 - 2012-09-25 10:55

      Why negotiate with criminals, lock them up with forced labour and little and no food minus all family visits, while harder criminals should be strung up. Enough is Enough!!!

  • cheers.perez - 2012-09-25 09:51

    All prisoners convicted of violent crimes need to be kept in solitary confinement for at least one month. The only material they should have access to needs to be projected on a wall in the cell, showing all the documentation and photographs, etc., related to their case(s). The only contact after that month should be a qualified therapist or rehab counsellor, who may only discuss the case(s) and the implications andd effects of the convicted criminal's actions. Only when genuine remorse is shown, should very limited access to one outside person be allowed. All this (and other therapies) set up in preparation for life on the outside, unless the sentence is for life.

      Matthew - 2012-09-25 10:08

      Or to make life alot more simple,bring back the death penalty. Because i dont know about you,but i sure as hell dont want my taxes to kept being spent on keeping these guys happy,comfy and well fed.

  • tiaan.truter - 2012-09-25 10:00

    well say thank you to Zuma for releasing these Thugs.

  • aijaman.pirlo - 2012-09-25 10:06

    I seriously don't understand Zuma. Who doesn't know that all the gangsters in CPT are fighting starting from Khayelitsha to Manenberg via Hanover Park. Just yesterday in Phillipi - Gangsters fought whole day and police were not shy to say they are scared...This TRT that shot mines in Marikane. They ran away yesterday...

      aijaman.pirlo - 2012-09-25 10:09

      There is fight everywhere people are dying and government is still reluctant to deploy soldiers...

  • Stormkaap - 2012-09-25 10:14

    Until such time law enforcement and politicians realise that these gangsters must be treated as such and BROW BEATEN into submission we will always have problem.

  • alon.fisher.752 - 2012-09-25 11:06

    Crime pays, how do we make it not pay? A: Death penalty for repeat violent offendors B: forced labour and malnutrition C: No family visits D: Torture like waterboarding etc; could also be used on unruly inmates. E: deploy warders with a genuine grudge for criminals F: No luxuries or entertainment; cigarettes,music,radio,TV,cellphones, G: No sexual contact between inmates thus breaking down the hierarchy H: what life they took or destroyed they can give back(involuntrary organ donors and medical experiments) And on a final note to hell with their human rights, the moment they step into a prison facility they forfeit those rights!!!

  • leon.vonsolms - 2012-09-25 15:31

    Send in the army and exterminate the buggers.

  • charmaine.mcdonald2 - 2012-11-10 19:55

    They should call in PAGAD to help get rid of these gangsters. People Against gangsterism and drugs.

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