Western Cape police get tough on gangs

2015-12-28 16:03
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Cape Town – Children growing up in gang hotspots in Cape Town must be able to play outside this festive season, police said on Monday.

This after police launched a week-long crackdown on these areas in the Western Cape - targeting flats, cars, and doing random body searches.

The raids are part of an ongoing police visibility drive in the province, which includes a heightened presence at malls, beaches and certain target areas.

The police raided homes, flats and cars in Manenberg, Ottery and other areas in Cape Town on Monday.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant General Gary Kruser said they had made several arrests for drugs and possession of illegal guns, and had confiscated a number of firearms, though the final tally would only be available on Tuesday.

Help police fight crime

Walking around the Ottery Flats, police urged residents to be open about gang violence and to help them do their jobs.

Children of all ages followed the police officers from flat to flat, while their parents, who were mostly busy with laundry, urged the cops to be more visible in their areas.

Spreading compliments of the season, the police pleaded with the communities to help them fight crime.

Provincial police spokesperson Brigadier Novela Potelwa said the crackdown was part of the SAPS' festive season plan.

"We are searching for guns, drugs and other illicit stuff. It is a week-long operation that is meant to address crime in these areas."

She said the identified areas were Manenberg, Ottery, Athlone, Lavender Hills and Steenberg.

Crime analysis had guided the raids, she said.

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