Cape Town – This morning community members of Kensington and Factreton in Cape Town have blocked off a section of Voortrekker Road in peaceful protest against the increasing gang violence in the area and the lack of resources for crime prevention.
In this week it was reported that two people were killed and two were wounded as a result of gang-related violence. The police’s reaction unit has been brought in to stabilize tensions in the area, while the Kensington Community Policing Forum has reported that two illegal firearms used in gang-related shootings have been confiscated.
Police spokesperson, Frederick van Wyk, has said that the reported cases are being investigated.
Zainulabideen van der Schyff, secretary of the Kensington Street Committee, said that the protest was organized in order for the country’s attention to be on the dire situation of the community. They would like to appeal to the Minister of Police, Bheki Cele, to visit the area and come up with viable solutions to improve the situation.
Acting chairperson of the Kensington Community Police Forum, Erika Isaacs, says that the community needs an increase in visibility of law enforcement officials. In addition, they also want a satellite police station to be added to the community.
Traffic between Jakes Gerwel Drive and Prestige Drive has been blocked off and members of the community have formed a barricade between fifth and eighteenth avenue. Teachers and children are still being allowed to enter the area.
Van der Schyff has called on all residents to join in on the march taking place on 9 September in solidarity for efficient policing in Kensington and Factreton.