Cape gang war 'about revenge'

2012-07-09 09:03
Western Cape Premier Helen Zille has backed calls for the army to be sent into the Cape Flats.

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille has backed calls for the army to be sent into the Cape Flats.

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Cape Town - Terrified mourners at a funeral in Ottery, Cape Town, had to run for their lives when suspects suddenly started shooting at them.

Two people were injured in this latest incident of violence attributed to an escalation of gang warfare on the Cape Flats, reported The Times.

The Weekend Argus reported that a gangster told reporters that the escalation of violence on the Cape Flats was not about drugs and turf, but about revenge and grudges.

“A gang member was shot a long time ago and now the others are retaliating. This war between the Ghetto Kids and the Americans has been brewing for a while. Now any American is a target and vice versa.”

The source said some police officers were corrupt and helping gang members.

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille on Sunday supported a call from local communities for the army to help bring a stop to the violence, which has been terrorising communities.

Zille said the violence was beyond the capacity of the police force and said the army had to provide order, albeit on a temporary basis.

But according to the police ministry, there were no plans afoot to involve the SANDF in resolving the conflict.
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