Bonteheuwel residents ‘hostages in their own homes’

The Bonteheuwel Joint Peace Forum says gang shootings occur on an almost daily basis.

FILE: The Joint Peace Forum in Bonteheuwel on Thursday said gang shootings occur on a daily basis.  Picture: Mia Spies/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - A Bonteheuwel community leader says people are being held hostage in their homes due to gang warfare.

The Bonteheuwel Joint Peace Forum says gang shootings occur on an almost daily basis.

The forum's Soraya Salie says many of the casualties caught in the midst of gang warfare are innocent people.

"I don't know what is happening, but it feels like we are fighting a war. We are being held hostage in our homes."

The forum is now arranging an interfaith prayer service to be held in August.

Salie says crime levels have not decreased even though police have beefed up on patrols throughout the community.

Meanwhile, Community Safety MEC Dan Plato has expressed concern about the apparent disregard for law enforcement officials.

He said one of his goals is to work on restoring the relationship between communities and the police.