Dan Plato: WC may be losing battle against gangsterism

WC Community Safety MEC Dan Plato says there are already signs that authorities are losing grip.

Members of Cape Town's Gang and Drug Taskforce stop and search suspects in Manenberg. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape Community Safety MEC Dan Plato says he fears the Western Cape may be losing the battle against gangsterism.

Speaking at the unveiling of a policing needs and priorities report yesterday, Plato urged communities and police to work together to address gang violence.

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Gangsterism is a dominating theme in the report, which surveyed communities in all 16 policing clusters in province.

Respondents to the survey highlight gangsterism as a major threat to their safety and security in public places.

According to the report, most respondents feel police have little to no impact on the problem.

Plato says the public and police must work together.

"If we don't do that we'll lose the gangster battle on the Cape Flats completely and there's already signs that we're beginning to lose that fight."

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The report calls on the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) and the South African Police Service (Saps) to successfully prosecute known gangsters and strengthen intelligence driven anti-gang operations.

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