Police have stepped up efforts to stop gang violence in Manenberg and urge residents to be more active.“Gangs in the Manenberg area have also been monitored and officers are deployed in hotspots as the need arises. As of 1 August activity has increased, leaving the area volatile and tense. Police officers have been deployed to saturate the Manenberg residential area that is affected by gang violence,” says Manenberg police spokesperson Captain Ian Bennett.Manenberg Police Station commander Brigadier Enolium Joseph says he encourages residents to be more active by reporting gang activity – such as illegal firearms and ammunition, and houses dealing or being used to sell drugs – and to report people who are wanted by the police.“The scourge of gang violence will escalate due to the silence of our community. Members of gangs are the children of community members of Manenberg. We need to start standing up against gang violence by reporting their involvement in these gangs. If we are serious about stopping gangs, then parents need to report their children. We will not stop gang activity if the community doesn’t stop it from within,” says Joseph. Bennett says Manenberg Police Station’s serious and violent crimes unit is working hard to solve the recent murders and attempted murders and to get to the bottom of tension between local gangs.“Joseph has deployed additional police officers and external forces, increasing visibility in the affected area of Manenberg,” Bennett says.Officers of the crime prevention unit will be deployed to police the area, doing stop-and-searches and searching known drug houses, he says. They have recovered six firearms and arrested five men aged between 18 and 26 years. V Anyone with information can call Manenberg Police Station on 021 699 9400 or Crime Stop on 0860 010 111.