CT intensifies fight against gang violence

The city says it will form a task force to curb the spike in gang violence plaguing various areas.

FILE: The city of Cape Town plans to form a task force to curb the spike in gang violence plaguing various areas. Picture: Giovanna Gerbi/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The city of Cape Town says it will form a task force to help curb the latest spike in

gang violence plaguing various areas.

The city has embarked on "operation punch" this past week through which law enforcement officers have carried out numerous search and seizure operations resulting in more than 50 arrests.

One of the suspects arrested in Delft is an SAPS detective.

Meanwhile, at least eight people have died in suspected gang related shootings in parts of Cape Town this week alone.

The city's JP Smith says the operation will be expanded into a fully-fledged task force next week.

"This administration will continue to do what we can to improve the lives of our residents but the 700 strong metro police staff compliment cannot compensate for 21,000 SAPS members who are not achieving effective arrests and convictions."