CT far from winning gang fight

The city admits its efforts to clampdown on gang violence are not achieving the desired outcome.

The city admits its efforts to clampdown on gang violence are not achieving the desired outcome.

CAPE TOWN - The City of Cape Town admits its efforts to clampdown on gang violence are not achieving the desired outcome.

At least eight people died in gang-related violence last week alone.

A grade R pupil was wounded in a shooting in Elsies River while walking to school.

The city's JP Smith told 567 Cape Talk that they are putting more resources to tackle the gang issue.

"Over the last five years we have been dedicating more and more resources to the issue of gangs and drugs. In part, we don't have a choice because we are being pushed by the public and media who simply demand of us to play a bigger role.

"We started with the drug unit and that led to the gang unit. We've added other things like our sniffer dogs. So we are sitting on about R28 million worth of resources spent on this per year."

However, he admits that they are not winning the fight against drugs and gangs.

"I don't think it's making a meaningful dent. We are doing a lot of stuff but it's not having a meaningful impact on what's going in our city."

He says the city plans to bring in more personnel to help achieve the desired outcome.

In the past year, more than 30 people including children were caught in gang crossfire through the city.