CT sees 24% drop in gang activity since launch of Anti-Gang Unit

President Cyril Ramaphosa campaigned in Mitchells Plain, where he told residents the government would make communities safer.

President Cyril Ramaphosa addresses residents in Mitchells Plain during an ANC election rally in Cape Town on 3 May. Picture: Cindy Archillies/EWN

CAPE TOWN - President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Friday since the establishment of the Anti-Gang Unit, gang activity in Cape Town had dropped by 24%.

The president officially launched the initiative in November 2018.

He campaigned in Mitchells Plain, where he told residents the government would make communities safer and that the Anti-Gang Unit would be bolstered in the Western Cape and Gauteng.

He said Western Cape's biggest social ills were crime and drugs.

“Since we established it [Anti-Gang Unit], gang violence and gang activity have gone down by 24%. We want to put them [gangsters] behind bars.”

Mitchells Plain resident Michael Jacobs said the gang-unit alone won’t help, he told the president the community would help police.

“We support the Anti-Gang Unit; however, it needs to be bolstered.”

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)