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Police visibility welcomed in Manenberg

Will authorities come up with a permanent solution to gang violence?

Manenberg. Picture: Renee de Villiers/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Manenberg residents have welcomed the increase in police visibility in the area but believe it is an unsustainable solution to the on-going gang violence. Some residents say the recent police raids are too little, too late.

Police conducted an operation in the crime riddled suburb where a few arrests were made on Monday.

Gang violence in recent weeks has forced the closure of all 14 Manenberg schools for two days last week.

Residents looked on while law enforcement officers made arrests but told Eyewitness News it instils little faith as by Tuesday, the same criminals will be back on the streets.

One resident, who did not want to be named, said nobody was spared from the gang violence, even in church.

"Three weeks ago they were shooting here in front of our church. The police just stood there, doing nothing."

Meanwhile, police say extra officers will continue to patrol the area while schools caught in the crossfire between gangs will also be getting more patrols and manpower.

Residents expect Western Cape Premier Helen Zille and Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa to come up with a permanent solution to the on-going problem.

Areas such as Grassy Park, Lavender Hill and Bonteheuwel have also been affected by the violence which has claimed several lives.