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Police Portfolio Committee reiterates call for better crime-fighting approaches

At least 17 people have been killed in gang-related shootings in the Cape Town suburb of Bishop Lavis since last month.

A gun and bullets that were seized by police in Bishop Lavis. Picture: SAPS.

CAPE TOWN - Parliament’s Police Portfolio Committee has reiterated a call for improved crime-fighting approaches to dealing with gangs and illegal firearms.

SA Police Service management and members of the Hawks are expected to brief the committee on their strategies this week.

MPs have once again demanded a beefed-up approach to curb the circulation of illegal firearms.

At least 17 people have been killed in gang-related shootings in the Cape Town suburb of Bishop Lavis since last month.

Police Committee Chairperson Francois Beukman says Tuesday’s meeting will afford MPs a chance to probe the efficacy of plans.

“Off course it’s a multi-strategy, that must not only deal with issues of crime but also issues of socio-economic upliftment. And other role players have also a responsibility.”

Sporadic gang violence various communities are still posing a threat to residents.

He adds violent crime in other provinces such as Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal will also be addressed.

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