Gangsterism: Mitchells Plain residents helpless

Residents staged a protest against gangsterism at the weekend following the murder of a teenager.

Mitchells Plain residents gather at the area’s police station before embarking on a march against gangsterism and drugs on Saturday 12 April 2014. Picture: Mia Spies/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Frustrated Mitchells Plain residents said they felt helpless against gangs.

Residents staged a protest march against gang violence in Tafelsig on Saturday morning, saying they are tired of gangsterism and drugs.

In the most recent gang related incident, a teenager was gunned down in neighbouring Beacon Valley.

18-year-old boy's body was found on an open field in the area last week.

Roseline Middleway, who is a Tafelsig resident, said young people are soft targets.

"A child who is 13-year-old can walk around with a gun. He can do what he wants because he has a gun and if the police catch him he can't go to jail because he's underage. Where does this lead us as parents? Nowhere."