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Police fight gangs in Manenberg

The SAPS has pledged to protect Manenberg and bring local thugs to justice.

Manenberg residents carry white flags symbolising peace in a march against continuous gang violence in the area on 3 August 2013. Picture: Shamiela Fisher/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape police have arrested a 30-year-old man who has been linked to a shooting in Manenberg.

Officials say the incident took place on Saturday morning when police were shot at in Sonderend and the Thames Walk area.

The police's Thembinkosi Kinana said: "Suspects shot at police officers in the car who shot back. They escaped unharmed."

He says a case of attempted murder and malicious damage to property is being investigated.

"The SAPS will not allow people to live under constant fear and intimidation from the criminals that attack police officers and citizens, who must receive protection from the police."

Manenberg residents have been traumatised by gang shootings and violence in recent weeks. On Friday, Western Cape Social Development MEC Albert Fritz pledged more funding and called on non-governmental organisations to intensify their programmes in Manenberg.

A Manenberg father says he is grateful his daughter is alive following a suspected gang shooting in the courtyard where she was playing.

Several Manenberg residents have expressed their outrage as violence has been escalating between rival gangs.

MANENBERG MARCH

Manenberg residents staged a march against gang violence in the area on Saturday.

One resident, Amelia Kiewiets, said they have had enough.

"In most cases the community gives in to the shootings and as a person in this community I say we must turn it around. We must be able to say we're not afraid."

Residents carried white flags symbolising peace during the march.

PAGAD RALLIES AGAINST CRIME

Meanwhile, People Against Gangsterism and Drugs (Pagad) says government and police is failing Cape Town communities plagued by crime.

During their motorcade protest in Athlone last week, two pipe bombs went off in the area but they denied being involved.

On Wednesday night, they conducted another motorcade in Manenberg and Heideveld with members setting off fireworks outside suspected drug dens.

Pagad's Abdus-Salaam Ebrahim said, "Government and the police have failed this country and the people. If we don't unite, the gangsters and drug dealers are going to destroy all of us."