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'No overnight solution to gangs'

Community Safety MEC Dan Plato says that it will take a number of years to resolve the gang issue.

Dan Plato walking with community members in Hillview Sector 2. Picture: Carmel Loggenberg/EWN

CAPE TOWN - A mother of two living in Hillview said she had no choice but to accept ongoing gang violence in the area.

Sandra Williams spoke to Community Safety MEC Dan Plato on Thursday, when he visited the community.

It is believed gangsters use the area as a hideaway from authorities.

She pointed out several areas where gang members are believed to hide.

Williams said she doesn't see an end in sight to the violence.

"The gang violence just carries on and there's no solution. They've been talking about peace deals but it's not working because gangsters are still shooting in the area."

Plato said there is no overnight solution to the issue.

"Gang violence has been with us for over 100 years. To break down the problem will take a number of years, it cannot be done in one or two years."

Hillview residents on Thursday decided to start a neighbourhood watch following gang violence in the area.

At least 30 people have died in gang related incidents over the past six months.

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille wrote a letter to President Jacob Zuma requesting that the army be deployed to affected areas.

The president has reportedly asked the defence and police minister to look into the situation and report back to him.

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