More police to be deployed to Westbury over festive season

More police will be deployed to Westbury in an effort to reduce criminal activity after the recent spate of killings by rival gangs

Westbury residents marching against crime in the area on 20 December 2016. Picture: Mmatshepo Chiloane/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG – Gauteng Community Safety MEC Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane says more police will be deployed to Westbury over the festive season in an effort to reduce criminal activity.

Nkosi-Malobane joined residents who marched on Tuesday against the recent spate of killings by rival gangs

Police say since the start of this month at least four residents have been killed.

Nkosi-Malobane says investigations are underway to determine who is behind the killings

“It was quiet for some time and I’m not sure what has contributed in the killing that’s happening.”

She says the Gauteng government will continue to engage community leaders and residents to find solutions to the scourge of gang violence.

“At the beginning of the year we’ll be engaging with all principals of the schools in the four areas. We’ll also be having a convention of the coloured community leaders to get the solution, a permanent solution to the social problems of this community.”

Nkosi-Malobane says police need the assistance of the community in successfully convicting those responsible for the activities and restoring order in the community.

Watch: Westbury residents vow to take back the streets from gangsters

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)