Plan to keep streetlights on in gang-hit areas

The City of Cape Town said load shedding makes it difficult to curb gang violence.

FILE: At least three people were wounded during gang violence in Manenberg this weekend. Picture: Shamiela Fisher/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Plans are underway to exempt street lights in Cape Town's gang-ridden areas from being affected by load shedding.

Mayoral member for safety and security JP Smith says he has approached the city's utilities department to try find ways of keeping the lights on in the worst affected neighbourhoods.

It comes as at least three people were wounded during gang violence in Manenberg this weekend.

Smith says the darkness makes it difficult for police and law enforcement officials to curb gang violence.

"Over this past weekend particularly they were severely challenged with the load shedding situation around the worst gang-affected areas, specifically Manenberg at the moment. A problem that is already extremely difficult to deal with becomes almost impossible when load shedding kicks in."

The Manenberg Safety Forum's Roegshanda Pascoe says many parents have kept their children at home today.

"In total we have 18 people who have been shot this week. Of the 18, 16 people were innocent and two were gang members."