Gangsterism needs to be addressed

Nathi Mthethwa and Helen Zille are scheduled to meet to discuss gangsterism in the province.

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 - The police ministry said on Saturday it hoped discussions between Minister Nathi Mthethwa and Western Cape Premier Helen Zille will accomplish results.

The two planned to meet on Thursday to discuss the increase in gang violence in the province.

Zille wrote an open letter to his office requesting the deployment of the army in gang-ridden communities, particularly Manenberg.

Around 50 people have either been wounded or killed in the area in recent weeks and schools have been closed since Thursday.

"We expect a solution which does ensure that kids in Manenberg go to school and communities are safer," said ministry spokesperson Zweli Mnisi.

Mnisi said meaningful talks around gangsterism in the province must be held.

"We will be able to share with the Premier what our approach is, but really South Africans expect a safe and secure Manenberg."