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Cops nab 14 more in Cape gang crackdown

Police carried out raids in Manenberg, Hanover Park, Bishop Lavis and Atlantis yesterday.

Members of Cape Town's gang and drug task force arrest a man caught with drugs in Manenberg. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - At least 14 more arrests have been made in Manenberg as law enforcement officials continue their crackdown on gangsterism.

During joint operations yesterday, officers confiscated drugs including heroin, tik and mandrax as well as an undisclosed amount of money.

WATCH: Manenberg: Living in fear

Raids were also carried in Atlantis and Hanover Park last night.

The City of Cape Town's JP Smith says the city's stabilisation unit will remain in Manenberg for several weeks.

"Yesterday the city did integrated operations with Saps in Manenberg, Hanover Park, Bonteheuwel, Bishop Lavis and Atlantis. Numerous drugs were confiscated including mandrax, tik and dagga, and ammunition was found. An amount of cash was also confiscated from one of the drug dealers. We're hoping that we're able to bring peace to Manenberg over the next few weeks."

Meanwhile, a Bonteheuwel religious leader says he will try to reason with gangsters to try and end ongoing gang warfare.

A group of religious leaders met with two gang bosses in Bonteheuwel last night.

The area is one of several Cape Town suburbs that have been plagued by shootings in recent weeks.

Moulana Abdul-Baasit Jeppie says it's ordinary community members that suffer the most.

"It's really affecting our children because Arcadia High School had to let the children go home and no learning could take place because of this. The shooting has taken place on the school and people are fearing for their children's lives every day."

LISTEN: How are police dealing with gang violence in the Cape?

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