Highly skilled officers deployed to Cape Town's gang areas - top cop

2016-04-12 18:17
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Cape Town – "Highly skilled and trained" police officers have been deployed to gang-infested areas in and around Manenberg following a flare-up of shootings.

These members would remain in the area until the violence had subsided and order was restored, Western Cape police commissioner Lieutenant General Khombinkosi Jula told journalists on Tuesday.

"We are assuring members of Manenberg and surrounding areas that we are responding to challenges," he said.

Jula said the police always tried to improve their strategies. "We believe... that we can’t achieve different results if we keep on doing the same thing over and over again."

Provincial police believed the turf war between gangs originated from an incident in Manenberg on the morning of March 1.

Officers found a man lying on the ground with a gunshot wound to the arm. He identified the shooter, as he was running away and an arrest followed.

Fights over turf

Although police could not release numbers, there had been an increase in the number of deaths caused by gang violence.

Jula said gangsterism had existed on the Cape Flats for a long time. "It is a problem caused, amongst other things, by fights over specific turfs and territories. That is not the only reason," he said.

It also had to do with the moral fibre of society being eroded and the need for better early childhood development. "We are of the view that, from the side of the community, they should be exercising better control over their children," said Jula.

From Monday, members working from the provincial police office would instead work at stations affected by high volumes of crime and gang violence.

"They are going to actually be an additional resource now available for station commanders to fight scourge of serious crimes," said Jula.

Between the end of March and April 10, there were 33 arrests in Manenberg, for charges including murder, drug possession and robbery.

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