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Low gang conviction rate sparks concern

The Mitchells Plain CPF says it sends a negative message to affected communities.

FILE: The Mitchells Plain has expressed concern over the low conviction rate for gang-related murders. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Mitchells Plain Community Policing Forum (CPF) says it's deeply concerned over the low conviction rate for gang-related murders in the Western Cape.

The local CPF says it sends a negative message to affected communities that perpetrators won't ever be caught.

A recent Parliamentary reply shows that between 2011 and 2014, 950 gang-related murders were reported in the province and in only four percent of these cases were convictions secured.

Mitchells Plain is just one of a number of areas in Cape Town left stricken by gang violence.

The forum's Abie Isaacs says, "Because of the low conviction rate, people from time to time come back into the community and commit a similar offence."

OVER 200 SHOTS FIRED IN MANENBERG

Last week, police and other law enforcement officials were on high alert in Manenberg as sporadic shootouts erupted in the area.

The situation intensified when a local gang leader was killed.

The shootout in the gang-stricken suburb ran into the early hours of the morning.

A member of the Hard Livings gang was also gunned down in his car before the shootouts took place.