Calls for peace mount as gang violence continues in the Cape

The National Institute for Crime Prevention has called on govt for funds on strategies to curb gang warfare.

FILE. Members of Cape Town's Gang and Drug Taskforce search a man caught with drugs in Manenberg. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The National Institute for Crime Prevention and the Reintegration of Offenders (Nicro) has called on government for funds to ensure the necessary strategies to curb gang warfare.

Several Cape Town suburbs have been gripped by gang shootings in recent weeks.

Eighteen people have reportedly died due to gang violence.

Nicro's Soraya Solomon says, "The solution is absolutely simple; put the resources to working on the solution that we know will work. Take that leap of faith, put the necessary resources to scale, to deal with the problem."

This week authorities targeted Bonteheuwel, Bishop Lavis, Manenberg and Hanover Park where Metro Police cracked down on gang activity.

WATCH: _Manenberg: Living in fear _


A group of Bonteheuwel imams yesterday said they would push ahead with talks with gang bosses in a desperate bid to bring peace to the area.

Bonteheuwel is one of several Cape Town suburbs in the grip of deadly gang warfare.

Moulana Abdul-Baasit Jeppie said, "One of the members we spoke to said they'd like peace to happen because every time peace agreements are made somebody else violates that peace agreement."

To view EWN' s feature on gang violence in Manenberg, _ click here._