Cape community to protest gang violence

The Elsies River community join Pagad in protest to ward off ongoing gang violence.

A Mitchells Plain gang leader shows his tattoo on 26 February 2013. Picture: Giovanna Gerbi/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Elsies River Community Policing Forum (CPF) said on Thursday residents are planning to hit the streets yet again to demonstrate their anger as violent crime in the area increases.

Residents have reported how they are living in fear as gang related shootings are on the rise.

Last week a 50-year-old woman was killed when she was hit by a stray bullet.

The CPF's Faizel Abrahams said, "It would appear that these are possible revenge killings that are taking place amongst those that are shooting against each other. Unfortunately innocent people are being killed. It's something that we definitely cannot tolerate or try to normalise."

Late last month the People Against Gangsterism and Drugs (Pagad) intensified its campaign against gangs and drugs in the province by leading a motorcade through the streets of Heideveld and Manenberg, two of the Cape's most gang-stricken areas.

The controversial anti-crime organisation called on communities across Cape Town to rally behind its initiatives.

Pagad's Abdus-Salaam Ebrahim said, "We need to mobilise and have a united front against the scourge of gangsterism and drugs."

Pagad said it was fed up with the scourge of drugs and was planning to hold more motorcades soon.