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Bonteheuwel residents take steps to combat gansterism

Various law enforcement officials, including correctional services are meeting with residents.

Joint Peace Forum and law enforcement officials are having an open meeting now at Freedom Square. Monique Mortlock/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Various law enforcement officials, including correctional services are meeting with Bonteheuwel residents this evening in a bid to address their safety concerns.

It comes a day after police officers assisted by the army raided homes in the area yesterday.

The blitz formed part of Operation Fiela which means 'to sweep' in Sesotho, a government crime combatting initiative.

A group of residents undeterred by the cold weather arrived for the meeting here at Freedom Square this afternoon.

Brigadier Christopher Jones began by thanking locals for telling police officers which houses to target during yesterday's Blitz.

Jones said tip offs make it easier for police to do their job.

Some residents applauded when Jones informed them that 21 people were arrested during the operation but others were unimpressed.

They say more needs to be done to ensure the streets of Bonteheuwel are free from gangsters and drug dealers.