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The teenager gunned down in a shooting that also claimed the lives of three children at a house in Elsies River was allegedly affiliated to a gang, Western Cape Community Safety MEC Albert Fritz has said.
The SA National Defence Force (SANDF) has confirmed the 41-year-old man found burned to death in the boot of a car in Blue Downs earlier this week was a soldier.
The first troops of the South African National Defence Force have finally landed in the Cape Flats - with members of the army seen patrolling the suburbs of Manenberg and Hanover Park.
Although the army will be deployed to violence-plagued communities on the Cape Flats, the precise details of when they are expected to start work has been kept vague as part of an "element of surprise".
SA National Defence Force troops in Cape Town are receiving 'mission readiness training' ahead of their deployment in the city's gang-infested areas, where they will be offering support to local police efforts in combating crime.
The South African National Defence Force will help the police contain gangsterism in the Western Cape's 10 police precincts with the highest attempted murder rates.
In Cape Town, on 30 July, a 30-year-old woman and her boyfriend were shot in Manenberg. The boyfriend was killed outright; the woman was taken to hospital with a bullet in her neck where she later died. Or so it seemed.
Problems of violence, drugs and gangsterism in places like Mitchell's Plain are symptoms of a deeper problem that could be addressed through creative processes, writes Max-Gordon Stoffberg.
The Anti-Gang Unit is on a roll since its deployment in the Western Cape, Police Minister Bheki Cele has claimed.
Three men, including one who has alleged links to major gangs in Cape Town, have been arrested in connection with a murder which unfolded in Cape Town.
Another suspect is expected to be arrested soon in a case about a 2016 Westbury gang-related murder, the Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg has heard.
Since the beginning of July, Bonteheuwel has seen the number of gang-related casualties brought down from an average of seven murders to one.
When the army moves into 10 troubled Cape Town neighbourhoods it will calm things down, as it did in 1998. But when they leave, if they can, the violence will bounce back, as it did then. Here are several reasons why.
Several organisations have raised concerns about the safety of citizens as the police's Operation Lockdown gets under way in Cape Town's crime-ridden suburbs.
As the SANDF prepares to deploy to support police efforts in the Western Cape's gang-infested areas, police top brass will be engaging a range of stakeholders on ways to fight crime in the province.
While underworld corruption existed to some extent under presidents Nelson Mandela and Thabo Mbeki, it was only under the watch of Jacob Zuma that "the problem became amplified and the corruption flowed in, saturating the police".
"I know there can be a Caster Semenya or Wayde van Niekerk here," says an enthusiastic Riyaad Avontuur, whose new club already has over 50 children from the gang-ravaged area on the Cape Flats.
Cape Town nightclub security boss Nafiz Modack has succeeded in having his bail conditions amended to allow him to visit most restaurants and nightclubs in Cape Town.
The portfolio committee says it will also look at the state of community policing in high-crime areas affected by gun violence.
A man has been killed in a shooting in the Cape Town suburb of Belhar - a stronghold of the Sexy Boys gang - in an incident which sources say is linked to suspected underworld happenings.
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