Cape Town – Bishop Lavis parents met last night to formulate a plan to deal with gang activity in the area after four innocent youths were shot at the weekend, and residents of Bonteheuwel are equally concerned about how the gang wars are impacting their lives.
Bishop Lavis Action Community, who picketed in front of the local police station throughout the festive season and have demanded base camps and tactical response units in the hot spots, insist that the Cape Flats be declared a disaster area.
On Wednesday, Bonteheuwel residents called for the intervention of national intelligence agencies to stop gang wars in the area. At least 15 people have been shot dead over the past two months.
Some residents believe the police's new Anti-Gang Unit is not sufficient to tackle the scourge.
The area's ward councillor, Angus McKenzie, told the SABC there has been a surge in gang-related deaths since the inception of the Anti-Gang Unit. He believes designated resources in the area are critically needed.