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Grassy Park gang violence reaches extreme levels

23 June 2022 11:42 AM
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Lester Kiewit speaks to Julia Stanyard from the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime about the escalating violence in Grassy Park.
  • Gang violence has escalated in Grassy Park over the past year.
  • Warring gangs and retribution killings are at the root of the crisis.
  • The area has been deemed a 'red zone'.

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FILE: Police tape at a crime scene. Picture: Thomas Holder/Eyewitness News.

Manenberg and Hanover Park are synonymous with gang violence.

But it seems Grassy Park has become a flashpoint in the Cape Flats.

Community organsations have warned that the gang conflict has reached crisis levels over the past few months.

According to the Grassy Park Community Police Forum, 51 people lost their lives due to gang violence in the 2021/22 financial year.

Between 24 October 2021 and 17 May 2022, there were 38 murders alone.

Many of these murders are said to be retribution killings, which are part of a battle between several different gangs in the area.

Lester Kiewit spoke to Julia Stanyard from the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime about the escalating violence in Grassy Park.

It's about the control for territory for local drug sales. We've seen a lot of drive-by shootings and double and triple murders. There is one gang aggressively taking over territory and their base is in Grassy Park. They're known for these drive-by shootings.

Julia Stanyard, Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime researcher

One of the tragic consequences of gang violence is the disruption to essential services.

Grassy Park has been deemed a “red zone” by police, which means ambulances cannot enter the area without a police escort.

Emergency services have been subject to attacks or robberies of medical supplies. They've also been prevented from reaching victims of gang-related shootings. That has a wide-ranging impact as the ambulances are blocked from accessing any health emergency.

Julia Stanyard, Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime researcher

Given the extent of the violence, community crime-fighting organisations, such as the local CPF and neighbourhood watches, have not made a dent in fighting crime.

These shootings are taking place along boundaries between or along territories. We've seen an outcry from the community and active community engagement hasn't exactly restrained the situation over the past few months.

Julia Stanyard, Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime researcher

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23 June 2022 11:42 AM
Tags:
Gang violence
SAPS
Grassy Park

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