By Melanie Sauer The Department of Community Safety is calling for a collaborative approach to end gang-violence and crime in the Western Cape once and for all. Western Cape Minister of Community Safety, Dan Plato, hosted a public meeting on Sunday in Elsies River to respond to the concerns of[…]
By Thakira Desai Minister of Police Fikile Mbalula has warned gangsters that their days are numbered and police will intensify the fight against gang violence. The minister visited Elsies River on Thursday, after a brutal drive-by shooting on Monday night, in which three people were killed. According to witnesses, occupants[…]
A man accused of the rape and murder of 11-year-old Stacha Arendse made his first appearance in the Mitchells Plain Magistrates Court on Friday, and is scheduled to reappear in court on Monday. Randy Tango was taken into custody shortly after the child’s body was found in Tafelsig on Tuesday[…]
The Community Police Forum (CPF) in Steenberg has called off a search for a missing teenager from Lavender Hill, after “exhausting all areas” this weekend. Réne Tracey Roman, 13 years old, was last seen by her friend in Lavender Hill on Friday at 13.45pm. It’s uncertain what circumstances may have[…]
In yet another gang related incident, residents of Leonsdale, in Elsies River, were forced to run for cover as violence erupted, only this time stray bullets were not the concern. Over the weekend, a young girl, Zhekira Jansen, was not in the firing line of stray bullets, but was used[…]
On Monday, chairperson of the Mitchell’s Plain Community Policing Forum, Hanif Loonat hosted a press briefing in response to his recent ousting from his position. Loonat was last week released as CPF chairperson during the monthly cluster meeting by Provincial CPF chairperson, Andrew Lyon. In a letter tabled at the[…]
By Shireen Fisher Elsies River is on a knife-edge, as gang related shootings continue to unsettle the community. There are fears that gang warfare could deteriorate after the shooting of an alleged gang leader on Tuesday. Victor Bowers (35) also known as Fox, the leader of the Rebels gang, was[…]
This week, reports surfaced detailing the alleged mismanagement of the Grassy Park Police Station by the station commander. In response, the Grassy Park Community Policing Forum (CPF) voiced concern that the precincts staff approached media to address an “in-house” issue. In a bid to effectively address noted concerns, the CPF[…]
As criminal activity continues to impact communities, local community police forums (CPF) and neighbourhood watches are requesting funds, remuneration and escorts for additional security when conducting tasks. But, minister of community safety, Dan Plato says that the phrase, ‘we want money for what we are doing’ has surfaced in every[…]
Gang violence, hijacking’s, robbery and murder are all crimes that contribute to the dark cloud that is hanging over the Mitchells Plain area. Mitchells Plain is one of the many suburbs plagued by crime, whilst the risk might be higher in areas such as Hanover Park, certain parts of the[…]
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