'WC gang activity likely to increase'

Police said gang turf wars are expected to spike over the festive season.

FILE: A graffiti shows UA, for Ugly Americans, a gang in Manenberg. This electricity box lies on a crossroads, a battle zone, were the Ugly Americans fight the Hard Livings. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape's Deputy Police Commissioner has warned gang activity is likely to increase following a series of massive drug hauls in the province in recent weeks.

Earlier this month there were three separate busts in Beaufort West, in which six arrests were made and narcotics valued at more than R18 million were seized.

Deputy Commissioner, Jeremy Vearey said gang turf wars are expected to spike over the festive season as a result of these successes.

"Given such a shortfall in the market now on the supply side, it does mean that competition between opposing drug dealers become intense during this period. Tension is likely to increase because you now have more eating from a very limited chain."