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Pagad, Mitchells Plain residents call for increased policing

Community members have joined Pagad on a march against gangsterism & drugs in Mitchells Plain.

Police monitor a peaceful march staged by Pagad and community members in Mitchells Plain against gangsterism and drugs on Saturday 5 September 2015. Picture: Natalie Malgas/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Some Mitchells Plain residents are again calling for increased policing, in a bid to combat the scourge of gangsterism and drugs in the area.

Residents have joined the People Against Gangsterism and Drugs (Pagad) on a peaceful march through the suburb today.

Chanting 'down with gangsters, down" and 'we've had enough', a small group of residents joined Pagad in calling for increased policing in the area.

Pagad's Abdur Razaaq says, "The purpose of today's march is to create an awareness and to work with the community. We want to eradicate gangsterism and drugs in Mitchells Plain and in the greater Western Cape."

Residents of the Mitchells Plain suburb of Woodlands, known for being a hotbed of gangsterism, say they are tired of being held hostage by crime.

Despite the poor turnout, residents here believe such campaigns will be effective if the entire community bands together to fight crime.