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W.Cape cops change tact in war on gangs

Western Cape police boss Arno Lamoer says they are adapting their gang-fighting strategies regularly.

Western Cape Police Commissioner Arno Lamoer. Picture: Saps

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape police boss Arno Lamoer on Monday said they are adapting their gang-fighting strategies on a regular basis.

Turf wars between rival gangs have contributed to dozens of deaths in recent months.

Last week, three year-old Kauthar Alexander was caught in the crossfire in a shootout between rival gangs. She survived after being shot in her legs six times.

Kauthar was discharged from Red Cross Hospital on Sunday.

Lamoer said some shootings in strife-torn communities may be attributed to infighting in gangs.

"There is infighting within gangs themselves, turf wars are always one of the main reasons for gang fights. At this point we will assess it continuously and then address it accordingly."

There has been a spike in gang shootings in both Hanover Park and Lavender Hill, after a peace treaty signed by rival gangs was broken.