The new SAPS anti-gang unit in Hanover Park, Cape Town. The ANC EC on November 20 called on Police Minister Bheki Cele to deploy an anti-gang unit in PE's northern areas. File picture: Henk Kruger/African News Agency/ANA.

PORT ELIZABETH - The African National Congress (ANC) in the Eastern Cape on Tuesday, called for ministerial intervention and better resources for police following ongoing gang violence in Port Elizabeth’s northern areas. 

In a statement the ANC in the regions said it condemned a surge of gang violence over the last few weeks and the recent killing of seven young men in the past six days .

The ANC said that gang killings on a daily basis represented the greatest crisis the society of the northern areas were facing. 

The ANC added that nothing decisive was being done to address the scourge tearing apart communities. 

“[The SA Police Service] SAPS need to be more responsive to the crisis, and, as part of the comprehensive solution the police need more personnel, who are better resourced. Minister of Police, Cde Bheki Cele must quickly deploy an anti-gang unit which must have a multidisciplinary and multi-operational stream to fight the gang violence,” the party said.

“That unit must have a dedicated investigative capacity that focuses on murder and attempted murders as well as prevention of organised crime.”

The ANC called for a non-partisan solution that unites all the agencies and the different levels of government. 

“This solution must ensure that civil society is mobilised to support the programme to confront the scourge tearing apart our communities.”

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African News Agency (ANA)