Man shot dead in Hanover Park

It remains unclear whether the shooting of a 20-year-old man is linked to gang violence.

Hanover Park in Cape Town. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - A 20-year-old man was gunned down in Hanover Park on Tuesday, just days after another deadly shooting took place in the area.

While it remains unclear whether the shooting was gang related, police are investigating a case of murder.

Western Cape police's Andre Traut said the circumstances are being investigated but no one has been arrested as yet.

Gang violence in the Western Cape has been under the spotlight in recent months with Western Cape Premier Helen Zille calling on Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa to have the province's Specialised Gang Unit reinstated.

On Wednesday, Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega said dealing with the province's gang and drug problem must start with social upliftment.

"Police are capable and police are managing the Western Cape from a policing perspective. You will agree with me that issues of [gang violence] and drugs require much more than just policing."

The national police commissioner used the term "sustainable interventions" as being key to tackling the Cape's gang problem.

"We're doing a little bit on the prevention but putting a lot of effort in the catching and dousing of the fires. I have said to the premier that sustainable interventions are critical in this country."

She added national and provincial government departments need to work together to improve the lives of people living in gang-stricken areas.

Meanwhile, a similar task team has been assembled in the Eastern Cape to deal with the gang problem in Port Elizabeth's northern areas which police say is working.