More cops deployed to Manenberg as gang violence continues...

There's been a spate of deadly shootings in the area following the murder of an alleged gang leader.

FILE. A member of the Saps stands on patrol in Manenberg. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - More law enforcement officials have been deployed to Manenberg, which has seen a surge in gang violence.

Over the past few days there's been a spate of deadly shootings in the area following the murder of an alleged gang leader.

Gun battles between four rival gangs have been holding residents hostage since last week.

The City of Cape Town's Robbie Roberts says safety and security has been stepped up.

"Since the spread of gang violence in the area last week, we redeployed our Stabilisation Unit members back to the area in order to get stability there. We also have the gang and drugs team, consisting currently of Metro Police, traffic services and law enforcement."

The Manenberg Safety Forum's Roegshanda Pascoe claims eight people were gunned down between Friday and Monday. But police spokesperson Andre Traut yesterday only confirmed one murder in Tibus Street.

At the same time, the Paarl East Community Policing Forum has called on residents to come forward to help police curb gangsterism in their community.

The CPF's James Pedro says, "The marches don't help in that area because you march this morning and tonight they start throwing stones. We should have a combined operation between the community and church leaders in that area where the parents can join to start stopping this thing."

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