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Plato calls for help in fighting gangs

Community Safety MEC Dan Plato is concerned that gangsterism is continuing despite efforts to fight it.

Western Cape Community Safety MEC Dan Plato addresses the media on 21 August 2012. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape Community Safety Department on Monday made fresh calls for the reinstatement of specialised gang units following recent shootings in the province.

According to police, two men were killed in separate gang-related shootings over the weekend.

Rashid Fortune was killed outside his Manenberg home during a drive-by shooting on Saturday.

The 20-year-old was allegedly a member of the American gang.

Another man was shot dead on Sunday morning.

Community Safety MEC Dan Plato said, "I'm very disturbed by the fact that despite all our efforts to curb gangsterism, the killings are continuing."

He said officials are running out of options.

"We just don't know when this is going to end, so we're asking for the reinstatement of the specialised units, specifically in the Western Cape."

Meanwhile, a six-year-old girl is fighting for her life after she was wounded in a gang shooting in Hanover Park.

Over 25 people have lost their lives in the violence in recent months.

In July, Western Cape Premier Helen Zille wrote to President Jacob Zuma asking for the army to be deployed to gang infested communities.

The Presidency refusing saying the army is not trained to deal with civilians.

Last week, Zuma authorised the deployment of the army to Marikana and other areas.

The Presidency said it is now reconsidering the matter.