War on gangs: Plato calls on CT police to target ‘high-flyers’

The Western Cape Community Safety MEC Dan Plato spoke during a memorial service for four people killed in a gang-related shooting last week.

FILE: Western Cape Community Safety MEC Dan Plato. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape Community Safety MEC Dan Plato has vowed never to back down from fighting gangsterism.

Plato was one of the speakers at a memorial service for four people killed in a gang-related shooting last week.

Plato has, however, requested parents to work with the South African Police Service in ensuring that communities are freed of criminal activity.

“My plea is that the community stands together. SAPS will have to do what they have to do; this is to make arrests. It is high time that police get to the high-flyers. They need to get to the guys giving the orders. The guys running on the ground don’t give the orders; it’s coming from somewhere else.”

He added: "Gangsters, we will get you. I want to say to those gang bosses that I'm waiting for your messages. We will never stand back from you, even if you are here now."

Several residents have vowed to increase the fight against the scourge of gang violence in their suburb.

Some Leonsdale community members say they are furious following last Monday's mass shooting incident.

They have made a desperate appeal to the youth not to engage in gang related activities.

Leonsdale resident George Walters says the community is desperate.

“The people are now fed up. I think they are at that stage where they want to take the streets back, from anyone that wants to be in charge of the streets. The community wants to take its place and the church also wants to take its place.”

On Thursday Police Minister Fikile Mbalula visited the area to talk to the community about the scourge of violence and gangsterism.

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(Edited by Shimoney Regter)