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W.Cape cops want to reinstate gang units

Police have had a tough time convicting gang members in Hanover Park.

Community Safety MEC Dan Pato has revealed some police officials are in favour of reinstating specialised gang units.. Picture: Eyewitness News

CAPE TOWN - Some senior Western Cape police officials have indicated - albeit off the record - that they are in favour of reinstating specialised gang units, provincial Community Safety MEC Dan Plato said on Tuesday.

Police figures have shown there has not been a single conviction for a gang-related murder or attempted murder in Hanover Park over the past three years.

Plato said that while Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa does not believe there is a need to re-launch the units, he will not stop lobbying for them.

"We will continue our call on National Government to give this reinstatement of specialised units another look."

Meanwhile, City of Cape Town mayoral committee member JP Smith said the municipality's gang unit has been very successful.

"Eight arrests have been made since December, when we established [the unit]. [A total of] 26 prison gang members, Americans, Fancy Boys, Ghetto Kids, Junky Funky Kids, Laughing Boys, [have been arrested] - that's an arrest every second day all of known gang members," said Smith.

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