WC police build case on ‘gangster guards’ at construction sites

Gang members are allegedly hired by construction companies to guard sites in areas such as Manenberg.

FILE: Police say they will be charged when the investigation is finalised. Picture: AFP.

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape police have revealed they are building a case against construction companies allegedly using gangsters to protect building sites.

Police management has been briefing the Provincial Legislature's Standing Committee on Community Safety on its annual report.

Acting Western Cape deputy Police Commissioner Jeremy Veary has told the standing committee they first became aware of gang members being hired to guard construction sites following a complaint from Manenberg residents last year.

He says they discovered a pattern which led police to a school construction site in Kraaifontein.

Veary says they have profiled most of the known gang members and the construction companies.

He says they will be charged when the investigation is finalised.