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Communities need to fight gangs with police

Nathi Mthethwa appealed to residents to help police rid their community of drug dealers and gangsters

Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa listens to commuters concerns about train safety at Cape Town stations.

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape police have expressed concern at the number of youths involved in gang violence and crime.

Since January, more than a dozen teenagers have been arrested across Cape Town for serious criminal charges, including murder.

Police said in the last eight months, at least 16 teenagers have been arrested in connection with gang violence.

The youths face charges of murder, attempted murder and being in possession of illegal firearms.

Their ages vary between 14 and 18.

Most of the teens were arrested in Mitchell's Plain.

Police management said flooding gang-riddled areas with officers was not the only way to address gang violence and suggested that communities need to join forces with authorities.

Police Minister Nathi Mthetwha has indicated a multifaceted approach was needed to fight gangsterism in the Western Cape.

Meanwhile, a 16-year-old boy will appear in court on Monday in connection with the murder of a 17-year-old in Hanover Park.

The victim died after he was shot several times on Friday.

The police's Tembinkosi Kinana said, "The victim died at the scene due to injuries sustained, a 16-year-old suspect was pointed out by witnesses."

On Friday, Mthethwa said there was a continuous need to build more police stations in the Western Cape due to the high prevalence of gang violence and substance abuse.

Mthethwa officially opened a police station in Lentegeur in Mitchell's Plain.

Some community members said they are grateful they finally have their police station in their area as they have had to travel far to report a crime.