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Gangsterism under control in CT

WC police say gangsterism in the province is under control - without the military's help.

WC police say gangsterism in the province is under control - without the military's help. Picture: Carmel Loggenberg/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape Police Commissioner, Arno Lamoer, says police in the province are doing well, without the help of the military, in dealing with gangsterism.

Lamoer lauded the recent conviction and sentencing of notorious Cape Town gangsters in three separate cases.

In the most recent, the leader of the 28s gang in Valhalla Park, Saliem John, was convicted last week along with six others on several charges, including murder.

Lamoer believes police are slowly winning the war on gangsterism.

He says an integrated approach on the role of crime intelligence has resulted in their recent successes.

"We can't do it on our own. Our crime intelligence operative displayed a critical part in this whole success, because if we don't have the information, we won't be able to investigate."

Lamoer however maintained there is no need for the military to be deployed in gang hotspots despite repeated calls for this.

He says the army are not trained to deal with crime prevention.