Gang violence surges in the Cape: 14 lives taken in 24 hours

Gang violence surges in the Cape: 14 lives taken in 24 hours

- Gang violence in multiple Cape Town areas hit a horrific peak over the last 24 hours

- 14 people were murdered in the time frame

- Cape Town’s MEC for safety and security, JP Smith, has called on both the city’s Special Investigative Unit and SAPS’ Anti Gang Unit in an attempt to get to the bottom of those guilty of the bloodbath

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A surge in gang violence that hit Cape Town recently has led to 14 lives being lost over a period of just 24 hours.

According to IOL, the murders occurred on Thursday night and Friday morning, mainly across Gugulethu’s KTC, Blikkiesdorp and Athlone.

Member of Executive Council (MEC) for safety and security in Cape Town, JP Smith didn’t hesitate to contact the city’s Special investigative unit, as well as the police’s Anti Gang Unit, in order to help quell the surge in violent gang activities.

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SA National Civic Organisation Member, Lumkile Msila, has also jumped into action over the tragedy.

“We have set up a meeting with SAPS, neighbourhood watch and street committees for next week to figure out how we can put an end to this bloodbath,” Msila explained.

Msila also outlined how she had met with fathers of some of the local gang members, who promised they would help put an end to the horrific violence.

“We are forced to take a stand on the matter as some of the boys from the KTC area allegedly went over into Gugulethu and smashed windows of certain homes of their rivals. We met with their fathers at the police station and they vowed to do something about the problem if we don’t,” Msila said.

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Although Smith is focusing on all the areas affected by the gang murders, Briefly.co.za gleaned that the MEC was particularly worried about the violence having affected parts of Delft.

“About two years ago (Delft) had seen a positive change and a drop in gang violence following the insertion of neighbourhood safety watch teams. Now the area is rated fourth from number 10 for murders. What is needed now is an effective investigation which will lead to arrests and convictions. We need to know what the Anti Gang Unit is doing about these killings.”

Police spokesman, Lieutenant-Colonel Andrè Traut, was able to confirm the murders, but said that no arrests have been made as of yet.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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