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Authorities move into CT's gang-stricken areas

Manenberg and Hanover Park have seen a spike in gang violence in recent weeks.

Police embarked on a massive drug raid in the Manenberg area on 21 November amid the rampant gang violence and murders taking place. Picture: Shamiela Fisher/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Cape Town authorities have moved into two of the city's most gang-stricken areas.

Eyewitness News is accompanying Metro Police as they join other law enforcement bodies on patrols in Manenberg and Hanover Park.

The areas have seen a spike in gang violence in recent weeks.

Metro Police along with the South African Police Service and traffic officials have saturated the areas.

Intense gun battles between police and gangsters flared up in Manenberg this week.

Authorities say they've confiscated about eight guns in these areas in the past two weeks.

Metro police have searched several men in various blocks of flats in Manenberg.

They found packets of unga, mandrax and dagga while searching bins in Hilda Court.

Armed police officers also searched a group of men in a car and an alleged Americans gang member for drugs and ammunition.

One alleged gangster shouted they plan on shooting tonight as police made their way through the flats.

At the same time, the Hanover Park Community Policing Forum (CPF) said earlier this week that at least 20 people have been killed in gang-related violence in the area over the past three weeks.

A 24-year-old man was gunned down in Galilee Court in the most recent incident.

The CPF's Ebrahim Abrahams, said teenagers affiliated to gangs are being killed.

"Some of them are aged 13 and 14. We have even had reports that children at the age of 10 are being recruited by these gangsters. It's a concern that we have and we need to address it collectively