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Hanover Park CPF want CCTV cameras

Hanover Park CPF say CCTV cameras will help sustain the ceasefire between gangs.

Anthony Daniels, the chairperson of the Hanover Park Community Policing Forum, says new CCTV cameras installed around a mall in the area have cut down crime. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Hanover Park Community Policing Forum (CPF) on Monday said it has been pleading with government to install CCTV cameras in their community.

Rival gangs have been engaged in a violent turf war for several months.

The CPF said gangsters signed a peace treaty on Friday, last week.

However, forum chair, Anthony Daniels said the cameras will help them sustain the ceasefire.

"I have been asking for CCTV cameras for the last 20 years. I've been praying, asking and pleading with government for projects for the youth - which never happen."

Daniels said they needed more support.

"All these years we've made peace. However, I feel as though as the CPF we are standing alone. There is no support whatsoever for the good initiatives we are busy with."

Gang violence in areas like Hanover Park and Lavender Hill has become unbearable for residents.

Some live in fear and said that shootings occur on a daily basis.

On Monday, gangs agreed to a seven-day truce in Lavender Hill, to engage in long term peace talks.

Between 30 and 40 lives have been claimed by gang violence in recent months.