Cape Town - With school holidays in the province starting on Friday, children are once again at risk of being caught in the crossfire of gangsters roaming the streets.
Mayoral committee member for safety and security JP Smith said: “It is a fact that SAPS is woefully under- resourced in the Western Cape.
“This is not a new problem and, to address the shortcomings of what is a national government competency, the City has, since 2006, introduced a number of measures to shore up defences against the growing gang problem - the City’s Metro Police Gang and Drug Task Team, K9 and equestrian units, Tactical Response Unit and Stabilisation Unit are deployed on extended shifts in gang hot spots like Hanover Park, Manenberg and Delft.”
Gang violence in every area in the Western Cape is rife during the holidays due to a lack of policing, said Roegshanda Pascoe, chairperson for Manenberg Crisis Forum.
“One way of keeping kids safe during the holidays would be to have a safe house on every street where kids in the road can play, because we really cannot keep the young ones cooped up at home during the vacation.