PORT ELIZABETH – The Police Minister has responded to calls for a task team to battle gang violence in the northern areas of Port Elizabeth.
The number of gang-related murders in the suburb has risen to 80 since April this year.
As he did in Cape Town, Bheki Cele has promised Port Elizabeth residents an anti-gang unit.
He outlined his plans to residents, Police and Community Forums on how the scourge of gang violence will be tackled.
Cele said, “Remember we did not start with the Anti-Gang unit in Western Cape, we started with a task team.”
Khoisan activist Christian Martin spent a week sleeping in a coffin outside the Eastern Cape Premier’s office, protesting gang violence in the Northern Areas.
He says he will hold the Minister to his promises.
Martin stated, “all of us are very excited about an Anti-Gang unit but we must remember the Anti-Gang unit is not a solution in itself.”
“If you look at it we have a socio-economic problem within our community.”
The Safety and Security portfolio committee was shocked when residents claimed that splinter gangs in the Northern Areas are run by children as young as 10 to 14 years old.
Just this past month nine people have been murdered within a nine-kilometer radius of the Northern Areas.
A reformed gangster, calling himself The Minister of Gangs warns that the violence will escalate over the festive season.
A reformed gang leader, Julian Julius “They’re busy strategizing, they’re busy planning how to rob businesses, how to establish more strongholds where they can develop more businesses out so that is what the biggest problem we are going to face now.”
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