Dept welcomes call to beef up policing resources in gang-ridden Avian Park

Deputy Police Minister Bongani Mkongi conducted a walkabout in the gang-ridden community of Avian Park, where he instructed police to focus on and wipe out gang kingpins.

Deputy Police Minister Bongani Mkongi visiting roadblocks in Worcester ahead of his engagement with the community members of Avian Park on 14 August. Picture: SAPS.

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape Community Safety Department has welcomed the Police Ministry’s call to beef up policing resources in the gang-ridden community of Avian Park in Worcester.

Deputy Police Minister Bongani Mkongi conducted a walkabout in the area on Monday, where he instructed police to focus on and wipe out gang kingpins.

Mkongi told Eyewitness News at least 20 people have been killed in gang-related incidents in Avian Park since the start of the year.

A number of houses have also been torched in recent weeks.

The spokesperson for the community safety MEC, Ewald Botha, said: “This announcement also serves as an acknowledgement that current policing management and resource allocation in the Western Cape requires a rethink and serious intervention from a national level.

“Gun violence and gangsterism, fuelled by drug turf wars, have tormented the Avian Park community for too long.”

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)