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WC invests R16.7m in new gang unit

The Law Enforcement Stabilisation Unit will be deployed to gang-ridden areas across the city.

Members of the new law enforcement stabilisation unit. Picture: Siyabonga Sesant/EWN."

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape Premier Helen Zille says provincial and local government have jointly invested R16.7 million in the new Law Enforcement Stabilisation Unit.

Zille says the new anti-gang unit, in conjunction with existing law enforcement and (South African Police Service (SAPS) officials, will be deployed to gang-ridden areas across the city.

The premier says provincial government spent R2.5 million for training of the 90-member strong unit.

Zille is determined the money will not go to waste.

"We know we will do what we say; and people will be held accountable for what we have to do."

Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille is optimistic the city of Cape Town's more than R14 million contribution will go a long way in making areas like Hanover Park and Manenberg a little safer.