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More than 100 suspects arrested in gang-ravaged Philippi - Cele

Cele was in the area on Sunday morning where he interacted with residents.

Police Minister Bheki Cele addresses a parade before police deployment in Philippi East, Cape Town on 12 July 2019. Picture: @SAPoliceService/Twitter

CAPE TOWN - Police Minister Bheki Cele on Sunday said more than 100 suspects have been arrested since operations started in Philippi this week.

Cele was in the area on Sunday morning where he interacted with residents.

Eleven people were killed in Philippi East last week, prompting the deployment of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF).

Cele said they have adhered to calls from residents to fight gang-related crimes.

“We have been escalating our operations in this province, including mainly the call that has been made by communities of bringing the SANDF members.”

Meanwhile, the African National Congress (ANC) in the Western Cape welcomed the crime summit held in Paarl as a step in the right direction.

The summit was held over the weekend to look into the advent of crime in the province.

The party also welcomed the deployment of soldiers to crime-riddled communities in the province.

The ANC’s Cameron Dugmore said: “I think it’s very clear that there is an atmosphere of working together and cooperation and having an integrated approach of dealing with the causes of crime.”

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