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'Gangsterism can be eradicated from CT communities'

MEC Dan Plato says he’s positive gangsterism can be eradicated with the help of residents.

FILE: Western Cape Community Safety MEC Dan Plato. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape Community Safety MEC Dan Plato says he's positive gangsterism can be eradicated from Cape Town communities with the help of residents.

Plato is visiting Bonteheuwel today.

It's one of several areas plagued by gang violence.

Plato, along with religious leaders, the Bonteheuwel Neighbourhood Watch and residents, are going door to door today to try to encourage locals to speak out against gangsterism.

Residents say shootings occur almost daily.

The MEC has called on residents to not turn a blind eye to these activities and to report it to police.

Gangs are battling each other for territory.

In Manenberg, several people have died in gang shootings since last Friday.

INTEGRATED APPROACH TO SUPPORT SAPS AT CURBING GANG VIOLENCE

The City of Cape Town says its law enforcement resources have been spread across communities affected by gang violence as it assists the South African Police Service.

There has been surge in gang warfare in Manenberg over the past few weeks, following the murder of an alleged gang leader.

Violence has also increased in the Hanover Park and Bonteheuwel communities.

WATCH: Manenberg: Living in fear