SABC News - Communities need to assist in fighting gangsterism: CPF:Thursday 14 August 2014

Communities need to assist in fighting gangsterism: CPF

Thursday 14 August 2014 06:21


Mitchells Plain is one of the communities that have been plagued by gang activities.

Mitchell's Plain is one of the communities that have been plagued by gang activities.(SABC)

The Mitchell's Plain Community Policing Forum says communities plagued by gang activities need to get more involved in ridding their areas of the scourge.

Chairperson of the Community Policing Forum, Michael Jacobs, was speaking at a three day seminar hosted by the University of Cape Town on gangsterism in the Western Cape.

“Whether it’s in Manenberg or in Belhar or Bonteheuwel, our communities are crying, and it does not matter what political party you belong to, children are being killed and maimed, That is our reality in the Cape flats. There have been different voices of bringing in the army in order to stem the tide of violence, but in Mitchell's Plain we have a targeted approach in dealing with the scourge of drugs and gangsterism.

University of Cape Town Centre of Criminology’s Elrena van der Spuy says it is clear that there is need for more dialogue in this regard.

The seminar will conclude on Thursday evening with the screening of the Film, Four Corners, which looks at the media's portrayal of gangs and gang violence.

“ Gangs and  strategies have evolved, lets hear what people are saying about gang formations in the year 2014, what are law enforcement agencies saying about the challenges and strategies and lets also build in a cultural component, photography and the way in which gangs are portrayed by the media.”

Spuy adds that there needs to be an understanding of the popular view on gangsterism.

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