CAPE TOWN – The Lavender Hill Civic Association says the community is still living in fear amid on-going gang violence.
Two weeks ago, dozens of residents, mostly children, marched through the streets calling for an end to crime in the community.
The local clinic and several schools had to close its doors due to gang-related shootings.
Western Cape Community Safety MEC Dan Plato said a strong message needed to be sent to gangsters.
“To say to the gangsters, you will never be able to control this area. We’ll be in your neck… we’ll march to your houses and if we need to do it more often we will do so in this area.”
But the Civic Association’s Charles Daniels says the shootings have once again flared up, along with violence between rival taxi bosses in the area.
Daniels says this is despite the visible police presence in the hotspots.
“There’s been a rise in taxi violence in the last few days. One person was shot on Tuesday evening. Since Sunday the area has been hectic… people are even afraid to walk around the area.”