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Cape communities call on govt to help fight crime

Around 200 residents from crime-ridden communities participated in the march on Freedom Day to highlight their plight.

FILE: Gang violence is a major concern in the Cape Town suburb of Hanover Park. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN – Organisers of an anti-violence march in the Cape Town CBD have given the police ministry three days to respond to their memorandum of demands.

Around 200 residents from crime-ridden communities participated in the march on Thursday to highlight their plight.

They handed their list of demands over to a department official at Parliament.

Protesters say even though Freedom Day was celebrated on Thursday, they are feeling captured by their violent surroundings.

Concerned community members from Rocklands, Hanover Park and Manenberg walked from Keizergracht to Parliament to speak out over their dire situation.

Manenberg Policing Forum chairperson Roegshanda Pascoe says ridding communities of illegal firearms is crucial.

“The South African Defence Force must be brought into our communities and we want all the resources to be put into effect to get rid of the guns in our communities.”

Pascoe believes more funds must be made available to assist organisations supporting policing efforts in communities.