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Cape Town police and law enforcement grilled over plans to tackle gang violence

Anti-Gang Unit (AGU),
Cape Town - 181003 - The new South African Police Anti Gang Unit walking the streets of Hanover Park ahead of the official launch by President Cyril Ramaphosa. Ramaphosa on Friday formally launched the Anti-Gang Unit in Hanover Park, Cape Town. The Anti-Gang Unit is made up of members from specialised units with an objective to dislodge and terminally weaken the capacity of the gangs, and to disorganize and fundamentally disable the criminal economy linked to gangsterism, including drug and firearm supply lines or other identified commodities. The Anti-Gang Unit has been in operation as from the 08th of October 2018, deployed in Nyanga cluster, Bonteheuwel and Bishop Lavis. The Unit will continue to be in full operation in the Peninsula area until communities in the greater Western Cape experience a return to normality. Picture: Henk Kruger/ANA/African News Agency

Police and municipal law enforcement have been asked to explain how they were tackling gang violence in Cape Town.

Senior officials on Wednesday briefed the Western Cape Legislature’s Standing Committee on Community Safety.

There’s growing concern over the impact of gang warfare on communities after 10 people were killed in Mfuleni, while five people – including a four-year-old – were wounded in Hanover Park in recent weeks.

Committee chairperson, Reagen Allen, was among those questioning whether police and in particular the anti-gang unit were doing enough to combat gang violence.

“We are acutely aware, members, that the issue regarding gangs are destroying the fabric of our society.”

Commander of the unit, André Lincoln, said that their 191 members were utilized in focused operations at various police stations on a weekly basis.

“What we do, is we have project investigations of which there are specific targets identified. Our investigations then focus on those specific targets.”

Municipal law enforcement director, Robbie Roberts, said that officers attached to the dedicated Law Enforcement Advancement Plan were currently deployed in Hanover Park, Delft, Nyanga, Bishop Lavis, and Khayelitsha.

“We are finalizing training programmes and we’ll start with our deployment of the next 250 LEAP from the 1st of April to the next priority stations in Mitchells Plain, Gugulethu, Mfuleni.”

-EWN

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