Residents threaten to tackle gang violence, if police don't

Bonteheuwel residents held an urgent community meeting venting their anger at police.

FILE: A 12-year-old child was shot dead in a gang related incident in Bonteheuwel, Cape Town. Picture: Regan Thaw/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Bonteheuwel residents in the Western Cape say they're disappointed in police top brass.

They say officials are ignoring calls for increased law enforcement in the gang-ravaged area.

The Bonteheuwel Joint Peace Forum says it's written to both the provincial police commissioner as well as the national police ministry pleading for help, but these letters have gone unanswered.

The forum convened an urgent meeting with residents last night to discuss the police's apparent dismissal of their grievances.

The meeting was not open to the media to allow residents to vent their anger.

The forum's Judy Kennedy says at least eight people have either been seriously wounded or shot dead in gang-related violence in the last two weeks.

Kennedy says since police are seemingly ignoring the gang problem in the area, residents will be forced to look at other ways in dealing with the problem.