Thu. May 23rd, 2019

Western Cape gang violence: Six-year-old caught in crossfire

western cape gang violencePolice shortage is the biggest issue in addressing gang violence, says Alan Winde.

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The escalating Western Cape gang violence has endangered the lives of innocent children. This time around, the incident involved a six-year-old from Worcester.

As reported by EWN, the six-year-old was travelling in a bakkie, in the Avian Park area, on Monday, when gunshots suddenly rang out.

The victim suffered gunshot wounds but police confirmed that she was in a stable condition. The suspects have not been identified and the case is being treated as a gang-related crime.

Western Cape gang violence back in the spotlight

This comes after the provincial government’s MEC for community safety, Alan Winde, called the ministry of police to task about the shortage of police resources in the Western Cape.

On Monday, the police minister, Bheki Cele, revealed that he would meet with the DA-led government in May to discuss the failures of the City’s attempts to maintain order and safety in the province.

Anti-gang unit under scrutiny

Winde has been very critical about the effectiveness of the anti-gang unit Cele launched in 2018. The unit’s mandate was to maintain a heavy presence in targeted hotspot areas throughout the province.

However, according to the police’s Andre Traut, there have already been 27 gang-related murders so far this year in the Western Cape.

“Last night, at around 21:30, a 23-year-old man was shot and killed in Bonteheuwel by an unknown suspect. The circumstances around the shooting are being investigated, but the possibility that it is gang-related is possible,” he revealed.

Moreover, over the past weekend, a seven-year-old girl was shot in the head in Manenberg.

It is alleged that she was caught in the crossfire of a suspected gang shooting. Police confirmed that the girl survived the incident and, by sheer luck, is in a stable condition.

Winde has called on the police ministry to allow more collaboration between provincial and national government for the betterment of Capetonian lives.

“We’re 4,500 policemen and policewomen too few. We want more. We know it doesn’t happen quickly, but we’re prepared to be the partner that makes this province safer.” he said.

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