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Gangs sign 7-day truce
Two rival gangs in Lavender Hill have reportedly agreed to a week long truce.
CAPE TOWN - Two rival gangs in Lavender Hill have reportedly agreed to a seven-day truce and an end to violence.
More than 20 people have been killed in recent months, as a result of violence between rival gangs in the area.
Women and children have been caught in the crossfire.
The youngest victim was a three-year-old child, who was shot six times in Hanover Park.
Mediators were able to get the leaders of the Mongrels and Junky Funky gangs to meet on neutral ground on Thursday and discuss a truce.
Community manager at New World Foundation Llewellyn Jordaan said it was the beginning of peace talks.
“If we can stop the shootings, and the killings of innocent people, that would bring some sort of peace. However, the police still need to do their work and prosecute those responsible.”
Jordaan said there were two groups who were not part of the talks.
“There’s a third and fourth group that is not involved. We haven’t met with them but it’s just a start. A lot needs to be done.”
Meanwhile, Premier Helen Zille maintains that the army should be deployed to try and manage the situation.
However, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa said deploying the army was not a solution.
The minister said the army is not trained to deal with civilians.
(Edited by Lindiwe Mlandu)