Residents held a peaceful protest on Wednesday. Picture: Sisonke Mlamla/Cape Argus

Cape Town - Hundreds of residents from Bishop Lavis and Elsies River took part in a peaceful protest against crime and gang violence on Wednesday morning. 

Gangsterism Must Fall coordinator Valentino Stander said they need the police to take action and "stop disappearing when there is gang shooting" in their neighbourhoods. 

"We have a massive number of police in our police stations, but we do not see them during gang shootings."

Residents conducted a peaceful protest on Wednesday morning. Video: Sisonke Mlamla/Cape Argus

The communities lined the streets between 5am and 10am, at the intersections of Halt Road and Francie van Zyl Boulevard at Elsies River High, 35th and Owen, Balvenie and 35th, Balvenie and Valhalla, Owen and Valhalla, Viking Way and Valhalla, Epping and Halt, and the corner of Epping and 35th.

Residents held a peaceful protest on Wednesday. Picture: Sisonke Mlamla/Cape Argus

Provincial secretary of the SA Federation of Trade Unions Andre Adams said communities must stand together and fight crime. 

SAFTU provincial secretary Andre Adams supported the protest against gang violence and crime. Video: Sisonke Mlamla/Cape Argus

"Workers are scared of gangsterism. We can't fold our arms and watch our people suffer brutally." 

Bishop Lavis police station commander Brigadier Christopher Jones accepted and signed the memorandum of demands issued by the community.

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