Cape Town - The Service and Allied Workers Union of South Africa (SAWUSA) says it will "with immediate effect" embark on anti-crime campaigns to counter the rising number of murders linked to gangsters in Cape Town.
The union said it "notes with concern" the crime stats that indicate that in the past six months about 2,000 people were murdered on the streets of the Cape Flats. Police are on record as saying there are as many as 150 known gangs operating in the city.
Earlier this month, on Thursday 6 June and in the early hours of the next day gang violence broke out in at least three Cape Flats communities that saw 14 teens, all affiliated with gangs, lose their lives.
In follow up operations by the authorities six policemen from the Anti-Gang Unit were shot at and injured as they tracked suspects in the Samora Machel area in Cape Town. At least one suspect has been apprehended by police in connection with the shooting incident.
SAWUSA, which was launched last month, said it was "deeply concerned" with the escalation in wanton acts of crime and violence that has culminated in the callous murder of young people, especially among the working class communities on the Cape Flats.