More police needed to fight Bonteheuwel gang violence

Last week, at least three youths were shot and killed in the area.

Community Safety MEC Dan Plato. Picture: Gadeeja Abbas/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Bonteheuwel Joint Peace Forum (JPF) has once again called for more policing in the area as gang violence continues to grip the community.

Last week, at least three youths were shot and killed in the area.

The JPF says its wants further meetings with law enforcement authorities, including Western Cape community safety MEC Dan Plato.

It has accused Plato of reneging on an agreement to hold more community meetings.

Disgruntled members of the organisation said Plato failed to carry out follow-up meetings in the area as promised.

But the Western Cape Department of Community Safety spokesman, Ewald Botha, insists the department has had a follow-up meeting with the community.

"Mr Plato had a follow-up meeting with JPF on 11 September where he explained that much of what they were requesting was the attention of the South African Police Service, things the provincial government has no control over."