Concern as CT gang violence increases

Two men were gunned down in their car in Manenberg on Thursday night.

A chart showing gang violence hotspots in Cape Town communities. Picture: Chantall Presence/EWN

CAPE TOWN - At least four people have been killed in suspected gang-related attacks in the Western Cape this week.

In the most recent incident two people were shot while sitting in a parked vehicle in Manenberg on Thursday night. Details about the incident remain sketchy. The police's Andre Traut says, "The circumstances surrounding the death of the victims, aged 50 and 34, are being investigated."

A 16-year-old boy was gunned down in Daint Street in Rocklands, Mitchells Plain on Wednesday evening.The two gunmen responsible for the teenager's death fled the scene.

On Thursday Western Cape police arrested a man for allegedly stabbing two people at a funeral in Mitchells Plain. One of the victims died at the scene, while the other was taken to hospital. Police say they can't confirm whether the attack was gang-related.

Gang violence has been thrust into the spotlight with several shootings in and around Cape Town in recent weeks.

Earlier this week Western Cape Police Commissioner Arno Lamoer said more could be done to stop gang violence in the province. He called on members of the public to help police solve the problem.

It's estimated there are some 150,000 gang members in the province.

The Western Cape community police board says it believes many of the gangs operating in the cape have crime intelligence, superior to that of the police.