Supply of firearms to Cape gangs a national concern, says JP Smith

supply of firearms to cape gangs a national concern says jp smith

CAPE TOWN – Cape authorities say there’s a flare up in gang violence in parts of the city, especially Manenberg.

The City has deployed extra boots on the ground to assist the police’s Anti-Gang Unit.

Manenberg detectives are investigating two murders and several cases of attempted murder.

The gun attacks started in front of the police station along Duinefontein Road on Wednesday afternoon.

In one case, an elderly mother was wounded in her back.

“The constant supply of firearms into the gang communities of Cape Town is of national concern, as nearly all gang-related firearm murders in South Africa occur within our province, as the latest SAPS statistics have shown,” said the City’s JP Smith.

Authorities say they’re trying to restore calm.

“While we will absolutely do everything within our power to support our local SAPS in the struggle, the national leadership of our country has failed to provide an effective solution to identifying the source of the supply of guns to the Western Cape gangs or at the very least providing the police with the required resources to bring about a sense of stability to these communities.”

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