NGO blames govt for gang violence
A local NGO has blamed government's lack of interest in the community as the reason for recent gang shootings.
CAPE TOWN - Non-governmental organisation Proudly Manenberg on Friday blamed what it calls government's lack of interest in the community as the reason for recent gang shootings in the area.
Over the last two weeks, the area has seen an increase in gang violence.
Proudly Manenberg Chairperson Mario Wanza said people turn to crime because there are no jobs opportunities being created in the area.
"Next week, we're going to march from Manenberg to Parliament. We are not going to leave until the president listens to the people."
Wanza said youth have no other alternatives, due to lack of investment in the area.
"It's time for investment and development of the poor communities, so that the rich and poor can live together in peace."
Other areas such as Hanover Park and Lavender Hill are also battling increased cases of gang violence.
Earlier this week, Premier Helen Zille wrote a second letter to President Jacob Zuma asking him to send in the army to patrol gang-infested areas.
At least 30 people have been killed in gang violence in recent months.