DA: Over 100 killed in PE gangs

The DA says money spent on Nkandla could have been used to fight gang violence.

FILE: The DA says the money spent on Nkandla upgrades to have been used to fight gang violence. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Democratic Alliance (DA) says close to 130 people have lost their lives in the past two years as a result of ongoing gang violence in parts of Port Elizabeth.

A group of people participated in a Human Rights Day march against crime, drugs and gangsterism to the Bethelsdorp Police Station on Friday.

The DA is calling for the anti-gang and drug units to be reinstated in Port Elizabeth's northern areas.

The DA's Bobby Stevenson says the money government spent on President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla residence could have been better spent to ensure safer communities.

"This is the kind of security upgrade that people are looking for. They want to see police on the beach, they want to see well-functioning police stations. They don't want to see so much money being spent on the security of one person."

Meanwhile, several people including children have been killed in gang crossfire in the Western Cape in the last few weeks.