Cape Town - Community organisations have slammed the Ceasefire operation as ineffective for failing to curb gang violence on the Cape Flats.
The project, based on a successful US programme, was launched as a pilot project in Hanover Park, Gugulethu and Manenberg in 2012, as an extension of the City of Cape Town’s Violence Prevention Through Urban Upgrade programme, before being extended in 2013 to other areas affected by gang violence.
But crime-fighters from various Cape Flats communities expressed their dismay at the Ceasefire operation in a report handed to the Greater Cape Town Civic Alliance (GCTCA).
The Community Action towards a Safer Environment (Case) released the report on Sunday after meeting with community crime-fighters from Manenberg, Hanover Park, Philippi, Ottery, Kensington, Facreton, Bonteheuwel, Stikland, Bishop Lavis and Mitchells Plain. Case founder and clinical psychologist Dr Lane Benjamin said the organisation’s findings were based on 15 years of social work in gang-infested areas on the Cape Flats.
Benjamin said the project was simply not working.