gang violence

SANDF decision welcomed, but not without criticism

By Tasneem Adams Lucinda Evans literally cried when she heard the news that the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) would be deployed to the gang-ridden streets of the Cape Flats. It’s a fight she and other community crime fighters have endured for years – one which fell on deaf[…]

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Mixed reactions to Pagad’s presence in Bonteheuwel

Anti-crime movement People Against Gangsterism and Drugs (Pagad) made an appearance in Bonteheuwel on Wednesday evening to conduct a motorcade, effectively announcing their presence in the area. Several calls were reportedly made by the Bonteheuwel community for the assistance of Pagad in combating the persisting gang-violence and crime. However, the[…]

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Cape Flats is a “low-key war zone”

By Rukaya Mosavel “Our children’s lives matter” and “The Cape Flats is a low-key war zone” were some of the emotive words written across placards held by community crime fighters today – an expression of the sheer frustration with the level of gang violence. Community Police Forums and Neighbourhood Watch[…]

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WC CPF’s to discuss gang violence amid growing discontent

Disgruntled community police forum members will engage with Western Cape Premier Alan Winde and MEC for Community Safety Albert Fritz over the current impasse over policing interventions to curb gang shootings. So said a dissatisfied Byron de Villiers, the chairperson of the Lentegeur Community Policing Forum (CPF), after what is[…]

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Police killings must be addressed: POPCRU

Authorities cannot turn a blind eye to the attacks on police. So says Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (POPCRU) spokesperson, Richard Mamabolo in the wake of a series of attacks on police officials, which it believes has become “a perturbing trend cannot be left unattended.” There is outright condemnation[…]

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WC violence and gangsterism is a “crisis’

Over 1600 people have been killed in serious crime in the Western Cape over the past six months, most of them in gang-related violence. Following several urgent calls for the government to address escalating gang violence and crime on the Cape Flats, government structures agree the situation is in a crisis[…]

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