23 killed in Western Cape gang violence

2012-07-06 16:01

Cape Town - At least 23 people have been killed in gang violence in the Western Cape in the past six weeks, it was reported on Friday.

The Cape Times reported that Lavender Hill and Hanover Park, on the Cape Flats, were the hotspots for gang violence and rivalry, with 17 deaths in the two areas in the six weeks.

Community safety MEC Dan Plato said that after meeting both communities, it was clear that young residents needed more attention as they were either being recruited by gangs or involved in shootings.

"We want to try and prevent them from entering into gangs... I know of 14 and 15-year olds with three attempted murders to their names," he told the newspaper.

Plato believed that talking to gangsters was the best way to gather information, despite this being criticised by some.

"Yes, people might see it as destructive and wrong, but the important thing is that we get the information.

"That's how we find out what's happening on the ground, who the kingpin is and how to tackle the problem."

  • vivian.harris.73 - 2012-07-06 16:11

    Why is the government not doing anything about this? Innocent people are suffering. Don't we have a army? And I know they not doing anything...we not at war with anyone and we certainly not protecting our borders. Government is spending millions on an army so why can't we use them to assist the useless police force?

      Megan - 2012-07-07 07:44

      Vivian, not so long ago the Army was called in to patrol the Lavender Hill area. Every one kicked up a huge stink about it, so go figure...

  • Stormkaap - 2012-07-06 16:24

    Dan Plato, when you come to the realisation that you cannot sign 'peace treaties' between gangs and that these gangs are thugs who have no regard for you, me and everybody else out there. The way you deal with a gangster is that you beat them into submission with whatever you have at your disposal. Only then will they listen and when they try to get up you beat them until they understand what is required from civil society.

  • Carol - 2012-07-06 16:49

    Bring back PAGAD!!!!

      jeffrey.jones.357 - 2012-07-06 17:14

      PAGAD was also just a gang.

      Stormkaap - 2012-07-06 21:06

      Jeffery, were u part of Pagad to brand them a gang... Shut up if you know jack

      Megan - 2012-07-07 07:45

      PAGAD not a gang!?!?! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAH that's the biggest lie I've ever heard

      Stormkaap - 2012-07-07 13:03

      Megan and you had first hand dealings with Pagad?

      terence.hess - 2012-07-07 14:49

      wake up girl pagad is made up of concerned parents,what are you?

  • Siphiwo - 2012-07-06 17:27

    I am sure if these were white people in the E.Cape, much would have been done by now, that's a truth. In SA, it's like, whites saying, leave them alone, let them kill each other....the list goes on. This is sad for our country. Coloured communities in the E.Cape, must rise on their own and defend themselves against these gangs. Forming CPF, networking, bring more sport to keep the youth off the streets. Focus and get rid of these gangs before they get rid of you, the innocents.

      jason.sole.92 - 2012-07-06 17:43

      siphiwo recently i as a white person was a victim of terrible crime. for you to say that we are somehow overlooked or get preferential treatment is just callous. we are all suffering, we all want a crime free life, i will join any network you wish if it will promise that a single person will not suffer as me and my family did.

  • sango.jika - 2012-07-06 17:38

    Cape town is like a capital of gangs its a fact.

      jason.sole.92 - 2012-07-06 17:44

      sadly that is likely true

      sango.jika - 2012-07-06 18:26

      Cape town gangs watch too much tv there's one called AMERICANS they couldn't even come up with a original name. I hope they all dead by now.

  • sachasea - 2012-07-06 20:35

    How many more people have to die before the politicians wake up and realise that they could get rid of this problem by legalising drugs and taking them out of the hands of these criminals? Mr Plato please do some research. The illegal drug market is one of the most profitable, and most violent, in the world. Street-corner drug sales are the financial backbone of the majority of gangs on a national level. It therefore figures that removing drugs from their control would strike a crushing blow to their revenue stream. Without gangs, drugs from many foreign trafficking organizations wouldn’t reach the end user on the streets. Gang members make up the bulk of the street-level sales of drugs in population centers around the country. The single best way to effectively combat gangs is to seize their money, which can best be achieved by a legalize and regulate system.

      Megan - 2012-07-07 07:48

      TreeSpirit, in certain countries the legalisation of drugs has proved to be a success... Unfortunately, this country is only capable of adopting policies that have FAILED in other countries. There's no possible way this government would be interested in implementing something that actually works...

  • mart.botha - 2012-07-07 07:09

    DRUGS are at the root of all the gang turf wars. Until a more concerted effort is made to rid society of the drug problem this killing will continue unabated. The drugs in question are stronger than any man,it is imperative therefore that the supply be severed. Current efforts are insufficient...go and look at the Case File at any police station and you will see the extent to which drugs are affecting societies ...and this may even bring you close to realising that many in authority are close to the drug dealing trade. High density short duration sweeps, with special powers granted to authorities is what is required to 'break the back' of drug traders.

  • terence.hess - 2012-07-07 14:48

    the government and the people of this country must do more to combat gangsterism and drugs in our areas,mainly areas like Mitchells Plain,lavender hill,hanover park,we the communities in these areas we know where these evil mother`s are dealing drugs yet we are too afraid to take them on,that is why parents are taking interdicts out against their children as young as 14 years old,is this normal,i dont think so,so i believe we as the communities must assist the law enforcement agencies as much as we can by organising street committees and neighbourhood watches to help combat this evil,called gangsterism and drug lords.

  • capt.jasparo - 2012-07-08 12:58

    well gangsterism is not only in cape town but they are also here in Nigeria with a different name CULTISM. this thing have taken so much of life and there is nothing benefiting in it,not even having information has they always claim to it.its a devilish thing.

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