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Top cop refutes claims of gang war in Mitchells Plain

Cass Goolam says there’s no evidence shootings are related to the death of a suspected gang boss.

Mitchells Plain residents gather at the area’s police station before embarking on a march against gangsterism and drugs on Saturday 12 April 2014. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - A Mitchells Plain top cop says the recent spate of gang-related shootings is not a brewing war between two notorious gangs as community members fear.

Mitchells Plain residents have been speculating about the deaths of ten suspected gang members who were gunned down in the last two weeks.

Residents believe the shootings are in connection with the killing of Hard Livings gang boss Douglas Berry in Rocklands.

In an exclusive interview, brigadier Cass Goolam, has told Eyewitness News there is no evidence the rain of bullets in the last two weeks is related to Berry's death.

Residents have expressed concern over an imminent war between two rival gangs, the Hard Livings and Americans, following his death.

Goolam says the recent spate of gang-related violence is not related to this incident.

He adds they have increased deployments in Eastridge, Westridge and Rocklands and the situation is under control.

It is still unclear whether today's shooting of a Mitchell's Plain police officer is gang-related.