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Pagad tackles gangs, drugs in Mitchells Plain

The anti-crime group visited Freedom Park in Tafelsig this afternoon.

Pagad's Mogammad Kieraan claims there’s no police visibility in the area. Picture: Lauren Isaacs/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Anti-crime group People Against Gangsterism and Drugs (Pagad) has visited Freedom Park in Tafelsig on Sunday afternoon, after residents called them into the community to help clamp down on drug houses.

Residents say drug merchants are taking over their community by recruiting young children to work for them.

The area has suffered a spate of recent shootings between rival gangs.

Last week the group said they were approached by Mitchells Plain residents who said they'd lost faith in police.

Residents also claimed police were colluding with gangsters.

Pagad's Mogammad Kieraan claims there's no police visibility in the area.

"You have people going to places of worship, and they get robbed.

"That is the extent of the violence perpetrated against individuals. High density area, low cost housing, unemployment is rife in the area. These are the dynamics we're sitting with and the police are just not visible."

The Western Cape Community Safety Department confirmed locals requested an inquiry into policing in the area.

Police declined to comment on the matter.