Mthethwa calls for housing audit to fight gangs
Police minister says Cape Town needs to check homes in areas hardest hit by gang-violence.
CAPE TOWN - Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa said on Wednesday the City of Cape Town needs to conduct an audit of all council homes in areas hardest hit by gang-violence.
Mthethwa and SAPS management have thrown cold water on calls by Western Cape Premier Helen Zille and the city to deploy soldiers to areas like Lavender Hill and Hanover Park.
The minister, who visited Lavender Hill on Wednesday, said the DA-led Western Cape Government and Metro should stop fighting SAPS and rather help identify where the gangsters are living.
Lavender Hill children banged sticks on wheelie bins, entertaining themselves, seemingly oblivious to the presence of top politicians and police.
One man said children are kept on a tight leash by their parents.
"They can't play far from their homes, because all these shootings are even happening in front of them."
Mthethwa told residents police are doing their best and called on the city to work with, rather than against, SAPS by conducting a council housing audit.
"They'll be assisted by the information which is there from the local government."
He said local officers' investigative capacity will be stepped up.