Meeting with Hanover Park gangs 'illegal'

A senior police official has instructed officers not to allow gangsters to meet with Hanover Park residents.

The victim of a 2011 gang shooting in Hanover Park. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

CAPE TOWN - A senior police official on Wednesday instructed officers not to allow gangsters to meet with Hanover Park residents.

Gang members were scheduled to meet with the community to apologise for the ongoing turf war, which killed several people in recent months.

But Major General Jeremy Vieri said he would not allow it to happen.

He said he would never allow people, who brand themselves gangsters, to meet with Hanover Park residents in a public space.

Vierie said the law does not provide for that.

The general said the planned meeting is illegal.

The gathering was apparently planned by a local church and the community policing forum.

Eyewitness News saw at least five youths being loaded into police vans.

On Sunday, Lavender Hill gangs apologised to the community and promised to stop the ongoing violence in their community.

Police are maintaining a strong presence in all gang-infested communities.