Athlone prepares for gang protest

Frustrated and angry locals will take to the streets to pray for peace in gang-riddled areas.

FILE: Gang shooting in Hanover Park. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Frustrated and angry Athlone community members will take to the streets on Sunday to pray for peace in gang-riddled areas.

In May, 20 people died in suspected gang-related incidents across the Cape Flats.

Last week, a matric pupil was gunned down at a school in the area.

Athlone ward councillor Suzette Little said demonstrators will meet at various churches and mosques across the Cape Town suburb.

Meanwhile, a crime researcher has attributed the spike in gang violence to ongoing turf wars and the lucrative drug trade in the Western Cape.

Alleged hits have been carried out various areas, including Delft, Manenberg and Mitchells Plain.

Researcher Eldred de Klerk said, "A lot of it has to do with the actual supply of drugs and chemicals to make drugs. If there's a break in that line, then there's a shortage and gangs compete.

"The other issues are around territory, production, distribution and leadership. Every four or five years, we'll have that contestation."