Authorities move to crackdown on gang activity in CT

Over the past 48 hours, authorities have targeted Bonteheuwel, Bishop Lavis, Manenberg and Hanover Park.

FILE: A Metro Police officer arrests a suspect in Cape Town. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Metro Police have cracked down on gang activity in several Cape Town suburbs.

Over the past 48 hours, authorities have targeted Bonteheuwel, Bishop Lavis, Manenberg and Hanover Park.

The City of Cape Town's Robbie Roberts says following several operations, they've seen some successes.

In one of raid, officers stormed an alleged 'Americans' gang stronghold in Manenberg.

"We managed to arrest those suspects who were in possession of firearms with rounds and we also confiscated a total of R19,700."

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Ammunition, firearms, drugs and money were also seized in Bishop Lavis and Hanover Park.

In Bonteheuwel, police arrested a man who was found with an R5 rifle, 31 rounds of ammunition and two bullet proof vests.

Western Cape Police Commissioner Khombinkosi Jula says, "We have looked at a capacity that we had before, which was attached to the provincial office and we felt that we needed to re-organise ourselves and increase the numbers on the ground."

Jula has admitted there simply aren't enough officers to police areas affected by gang violence.

He says a high-risk task team has been established to combat gang warfare in several areas.

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