Briefing the media at Parliament on Thursday, Deputy Minister of Police Bongani Mkongi said he’s confident the battle against gangsterism can be overcome but added it will require a greater community effort.
Mkongi also said the police are working on a plan to establish anti-gang units across the country, as part of a national anti-gangsterism strategy.
EWN reporter Lindsay Dentlinger says the anti-gang strategy is fairly new and was approved by cabinet in February this year.
He was insistent that the gang war could be won.— Lindsay Dentlinger, EWN reporter
Dentlinger says the deputy minister highlighted the importance of a collaborated effort between the community, society and the police to clamp down on gang violence.
He also said that he was talking to the sports and social development ministries, to develop youth programmes to give youngsters drawn into crime alternative activities to get involved in.— Lindsay Dentlinger, EWN reporter
Dentlinger reports that Mkongi failed to detail a step by step plan on his plan to reduce crime and gang violence.
Listen to the EWN report: