More police deployed to combat gangs
Additional police have been deployed to Steenberg, Hanover Park and Lavender Hill.
CAPE TOWN - Western Cape Police Commissioner Arno Lamoer said additional police have been deployed to gang infested areas in Cape Town.
He said the result of the additional manpower was yielding positive results, as less shootings have been reported in Hanover Park, Lavender Hill and Steenberg.
There's been a fresh upsurge of gang violence in recent months.
Police have rejected calls by community members and Western Cape government for the deployment of soldiers in these areas.
Speaking to Cape Talk's Kieno Kammies, Lamoer said the presence of more officers was working.
"For the last two weeks we've had very little shooting incidents in Hanover Park and Lavender Hill according to residents.
"Steenberg police station has over 130 police officers working on four shifts and doing detective work. Apart from these officers, we have deployed more officers."
Western Cape Premier Helen Zille said there is a real need for the army to be deployed.
"We need to restore the peace through daily patrols so the police can be freed up to do their investigative work to get major culprits behind bars."