Manenberg: Plato vows to return

The Community Safety MEC visited Manenberg residents struggling to cope with ongoing gang violence.

The Community Safety MEC visited Manenberg residents struggling to cope with ongoing gang violence. Picture: Renee de Villiers/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape Community Safety MEC Dan Plato says he will return to Manenberg in less than two weeks to assess whether the ongoing gang war has been stopped.

The community has been dealing with the collateral damage of a turf war between "The Americans"

and "Hard Livings" gangs.

Plato went on a walkabout in the gang-stricken area at the weekend and spoke to residents following a spate of gang shootings in recent weeks.

"I think to continue to talk is to continue to identify the situation, to assess it and put meaningful structures in place to deal with it."

The MEC has called on residents to continue to report crime.

Last week the Western Cape High Court overturned an interim order that compelled education officials to step up security at several Manenberg schools.

The application was brought forward by non-government organisations in the area following a flare-up in gang shootings.

Meanwhile police visibility has been increased at five schools in the area.

ANOTHER SHOOTING

A 25-year-old Bonteheuwel man has been shot dead.

The police's Frederick Van Wyk says, "A murder case has been opened for investigation. Anyone with information about this incident is kindly requested to contact Crime Stop on 0860010111."