Helen Zille rallies in Mitchells Plain

The WC premier has gathered residents and DA supporters in a march against gang violence.

Zille plans to hand over a memorandum of grievances to the station commander at the Mitchells Plain Police Station this afternoon.

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape premier Helen Zille has rallied hundreds of Mitchells Plain residents and DA supporters in a march against gang violence.

Zille plans to hand over a memorandum of grievances to the station commander at the Mitchells Plain Police Station this afternoon.

DA supporters in Mitchells Plain have come out in their numbers for a march against crime, gangsterism and drugs.

Several mayoral committee members have joined the DA leader in the march which is being led by a police nyala.

Zille has, in a statement, called for the reintroduction of the gang units which were made redundant by former national police commissioner Jackie Selebi.

Zille is also demanding increased police visibility.

MITCHELLS PLAIN GANGS

Mitchells Plain residents say they live in fear as the area has been the site of recurring alleged gang violence in recent weeks.

In March, two teenagers were killed and two others wounded in shootings in the area.

Last week the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) blasted other political parties for not supporting People Against Gangsterism and Drugs (Pagad).

EFF officials joined the controversial anti-crime group in Tafelsig on Wednesday night for an awareness march.

It was the first time Pagad was given the green light by authorities to march.

Group members have landed themselves in hot water in the past after orchestrating a string of illegal motorcades throughout the city to highlight their plight.

MANENBERG

Cape Town Metro police have conducted 60 operations in Manenberg since mid-January in a bid to clamp down on gang violence in the area.

The community saw a dramatic increase in gang activity towards the end of last year resulting in the loss of many lives.

Schools in the area were forced to close their doors on several occasions, due to gun battles between rival gangs forcing authorities to deploy law enforcement officials for the safety of teachers and learners.

Safety and Security mayoral committee member JP Smith says the city plans to re-evaluate its law enforcement presence at high risk schools as the new school term gets underway.

"The city's Metro Police and law enforcement services pushed in a huge number of additional staff. We had 190 law enforcement officers there and since mid-January we've been deploying quite a number of extra staff there in conjunction with SAPS."