Cops struggle with gang violence

The fight between CPT police and gangsters is becoming increasingly difficult to control.

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

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape Community Policing Board (CPB) on Thursday warned that it is becoming increasingly difficult for police to clamp down on gang violence.

One man was killed and another wounded in a shooting in Hanover Park, while a 17-year-old boy was also gunned down in Ottery this week.

Four more people were killed in separate gang related shootings in Hanover Park earlier this month.

No arrests have been made.

Chairperson of the CPB Hanif Loonat said that the situation becoming difficult for police.

"They no longer use adults in shootings. You will notice that they are using kids between the ages of 12 and 14. In some instances, we have females being used. To monitor every person in the street is becoming more and more difficult."

Police Commissioner Arno Lamoer said they were doing everything in their power.

"It is a concern for us around this time of the year when matrics are busy writing their exams. We are continuing with our fight against crime and we will make sure that people who commit crime will still be arrested."