CAPE TOWN – The training of soon to be launched neighbourhood safety teams will start later this month.
At least 90 personnel will be deployed to 10 policing precincts with high crime rates.
The City of Cape Town‘s JP Smith says that since interventions were made in 2006, gang-related murders have decreased from 20% to 11% in the metro.
“The biggest challenge has been dealing with flare-ups of gang violence in different parts of the city, which leads to staff having to be redeployed and interrupts the progress of the previous hotspots. The neighbourhood safety teams will offer an ongoing presence that can guard against future flare-ups and address other crimes.”
In May, 13 people were shot in a suspected gang shooting in Leonsdale, Elsies River. In the same month, alleged gang kingpin Jerome Booysen was seriously wounded in Ravensmead.
More recently, an alleged Mitchells Plain-based gang boss was killed in a shooting in Pinelands. The shooting is believed to be linked to security extortion rackets at night clubs and the drug trade.