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Related articles: Drugs bust. Related Articles: Prisoner's escape. Manenberg gang violence raises schools safety concerns:Tuesday 20 January 2015. Zilles hopeless handling of Cape gang violence :Saturday 14 July 2012. Democrattic Alliance leader Helen Zille(SABC) With the DA beginning their campaign to wrest control of another few provinces from the ANC in the 2014 elections, the impoverished residents of 's Lavender Hill and have become the latest convenient political footballs.

Zilles hopeless handling of Cape gang violence :Saturday 14 July 2012

Like other so-called “Coloured” communities - , , Ocean View and Bishop Lavis - Lavender Hill and remain derelict ghettoes, which appear to be stuck in a long forgotten era. A part-privatised leaky housing development built on top of a wetland there in the 1990s has caused more harm than good, with poor residents having to fork out thousands on bond payments and repairs for damage they didn't cause. Cape Town on a mission to rid Cape Flats of gangs:Monday 15 April 2013. The removal of the graffiti serves as a warning to the gang groups that defacing public property will not be tolerated.

Cape Town on a mission to rid Cape Flats of gangs:Monday 15 April 2013

(SABC) The City of Cape Town is on a mission to rid the gang ravaged Cape Flats townships of graffiti used by gangs to mark their territory. About 100 workers and volunteers were out in the streets to clean the walls in Lavender Hill near Muizeberg and other townships. This is part of Operation Choke launched after the killing of metro traffic officer Wesley Woodman, while handing out a road traffic fine to a motorist about two weeks ago.

Several townships like Athlone, Nyanga and Valhala Park have been included in the programme. The City says it has put aside about R1.5 million for the project, which will be doubled next year. Mildred Molean, who has lived in the area for over 30 years, says this is a welcome facelift. Raymond Patric Martin says he's been out of gangs for over 20 years now. Resident Samuel Isaacs says it is not easy living in these areas. Fight against gangsterism, drugs to be intensified in W Cape:Thursday 15 August 2013. ANC, SAPS, Cosatu and various other civic organisations will march against gangsterism in Cape Town (SABC) The fight against gangsterism, drugs and police killings is being intensified in the Western Cape.

Fight against gangsterism, drugs to be intensified in W Cape:Thursday 15 August 2013

The African National Congress, South African Police Services, Congress of South African Trade Unions and other civic organisations will lead a march in the Cape Town city centre on Thursday. A memorandum of grievances will be handed over to the provincial legislature. Seven policemen were gunned down in separate attacks in the province recently. Police can handle Cape gangs: Phiyega :Tuesday 27 August 2013. Police Commissioner Phiyega maintains the army is not needed in the fight against Cape gangs.

Police can handle Cape gangs: Phiyega :Tuesday 27 August 2013

(SABC) Police Commissioner, Riya Phiyega, says there's no need to deploy the army to gang ridden townships on the Cape Flats, Western Cape. She was echoing a statement continuously made by Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa. Phiyega remained adamant that police are doing their jobs. “There’s a different role that is played by police and the army. The deployment of the army to crime hotspots such as Manenberg, where gang violence has seen a significant spike in recent months. “It’s absolutely appropriate to bring in a peace-keeping force of the SANDF just to keep things calm and to enable people to go about their business without being killed.

Zille also called for the reestablishment of specialised drug and gang units. Plan afoot to end gang wars in W Cape :Sunday 18 August 2013. Western Cape Safety Minister, Dan Plato, says the gang violence situation has reached a point of crisis.

Plan afoot to end gang wars in W Cape :Sunday 18 August 2013

(SABC) Police capable of fighting Cape gangs: Mthethwa:Friday 23 August 2013. Mthethwa has repeatedly rejected the Western Cape government's calls for deployment of the army to fight gangs.

Police capable of fighting Cape gangs: Mthethwa:Friday 23 August 2013

(SABC) Police Minister, Nathi Mthethwa, says he's satisfied with the work of the police in fighting gangs and illegal drugs on the Cape Flats. The minister made his comments during the opening of a new police station in the Lentegeur area of Mitchell's Plain, Cape Town. There's been just one police station to service the vast area of Mitchell's Plain, with its population of at least a million people. But that burden has now been eased with the opening of a second station. Residents have an array of complaints and allege that police are at times the criminals. "They take stuff from the drug lords, they destroy dockets, and they take sides on cases and so on," says another resident, Cheryleen Fredericks.

“Police are doing their job, they will continue doing their job.