Manenberg needs counseling - Fritz

Western Cape Social Development MEC Albert Fritz visited the area on Friday.

The People Against Gangsterism and Drugs (Pagad) led a motorcade in Manenberg and Heideveld against gangsterism and drugs on 31 July 2013. Picture: Graeme Raubenheimer/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape Social Development MEC Albert Fritz on Friday pledged more funding and called on non-governmental organisations to intensify their programmes in Manenberg.

The area has been rocked by gang-related violence in recent weeks.

Fritz says a trauma counselling service in Manenberg is critically needed.

The MEC was visiting the crime-riddled suburb, which he happened to grow up in, on Friday.

He promised to give a local trauma centre more funding.

"Teachers and children in Manenberg are traumatised. We and other stakeholders that specialise in trauma counselling have agreed to roll out an intervention programme."

Meanwhile, the police's Thembinkosi Kinana says they have opened a case of attempted murder after a man was shot and wounded in the area.

"The man was rushed to a nearby hospital for medical treatment."

Several communities in the province have been marred by gang violence in recent months.

Over 30 people, including children, have been caught in gang crossfire.

In 2012, Premier Helen Zille wrote to the Presidency requesting that the army be deployed to gang infested areas but her request was turned down.

At the same time, People Against Gangsterism and Drugs (Pagad) has intensified its fight to rid communities of gangsterism and drug abuse.

Pagad believes their anti-drug drives will help drive away drug dealers and gangs.