Cops deployed to Khayelitsha in bid to curb illegal shebeen activity

The move is part of a 16 days of activism for no violence against women and children campaign launched by Health MEC Nomafrench Mbombo on Monday.

FILE: A view of Khayelitsha from the lookout point. Picture: Cindy Archillies/EWN

CAPE TOWN - About a dozen City of Cape Town law enforcement officers have been deployed to the Town Two community in Khayelitsha where authorities are determined to address illegal liquor outlets.

The move is part of a 16 days of activism for no violence against women and children campaign launched by Health MEC Nomafrench Mbombo on Monday.

During a walkabout, she and other officials showcased government's alcohol harms reduction initiative that involves the South African Police Service and the Western Cape Liquor Authority.

There are 56 taverns in Town Two and only three of them have operating licenses.

Community leader Nocawe Mankayi says an increasing number of illegal shebeens is one of the main contributors to the ongoing scourge of violence against women and children.

Eight security cameras have also been installed in the community.

The video feed is directly monitored by officials at the city's transport management centre in Goodwood.

Town Two has been rocked by several violent crimes against women and children, including the rape and murder of four-year-old Iyapha Yamile in May and the rape and murder of 19-year-old Sinoxolo Mafevuka last year.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)