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MEC works with SAPS against gangsterism

Dan Plato said he is keen to assist SAPS to stabilise communities riddled by gang violence.

Dan Plato

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape Community Safety MEC Dan Plato on Thursday said he was keen to assist the South African Police Service to stabilise communities riddled by gang violence.

Grassy Park and its surrounding areas are the latest to be hit by shootings police believe are related to drug turf wars.

Four people were shot on Sunday and only one man survived.

Plato said they would be assisting community members through dialogue.

"The SAPS need to make arrests and getting people in front of the courts. Then we as government have to stop the violence by intervening and talking to the communities."

Plato previously appealed to national government to help bring an end to gang-related violence in Cape Town suburbs.

Grassy Park, Elsies River, Lavender Hill and Hanover Park are just some of the areas currently plagued by a renewed surge in gang-related violence.

He said urgent action was needed.

A man from Phumlani village said it has become a scary place to live.

"Yes, I live in fear because I go to work early mornings and that time is the time these people are shooting each other."

Plato has vowed to intervene by gathering community members to air their concerns.

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