It’s a network, culture and lucrative business. And to keep profits high, Cape Town’s gangs run highly organised, militant operations where only the smartest and most strategic is given a seat at the table, former high-ranking gang member Safwaan* said. The boys lured into gangsterism are predominantly from troubled or[…]
A six-year-old child was one of the casualties in two separate shootings in Beacon Valley, Mitchells Plain on Saturday morning, Western Cape police said. The little boy was wounded in Lagonda Crescent when he was caught in the crossfire of rival gangs at about 09:30, police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Andrè[…]
With SANDF troops finally on the ground in gang and crime hot spots on Thursday, the Western Cape government has put R5m “on the table” for the resurrection of police reservists. In his State of the Province Address, Premier Alan Winde painted a picture of a severely stretched SAPS in the[…]
This story is part of a three-part “Gang Wars” series, which this week focuses on Hanover Park. Since the start of the year, 45 people have been murdered in Hanover Park in the Western Cape and 12 people lost their lives to violence in June, the bloodiest month in the[…]
Children are known for dodging and ducking skipping ropes on the streets, but in Cape Town’s Bokmakierie suburb they dodge and duck bullets. Six-year-old Brionay Julies is in excruciating pain at the Red Cross Hospital. She had been sent to a local shop and was shot at the gate when[…]
Gang violence in Manenberg is taking its toll on teachers and pupils, with schools reporting pupil absenteeism levels of up to 63 percent – and teachers fearing for their lives. “We are surrounded by gangsters at school. Must we be killed first before we can be dismissed?” This was one[…]
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