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Every Agent Will Promise To Sell Your Home … We GUARANTEE it CEA: MIEA Broker/Owner. Mark Brickles 072 742 6963 Call Mark For More Info OR SMS “G19”,Your Name, Email address/ address to 072 742 6963 FREE CALL 0800-00-00-08 24HRS, 7 DAYS A WEEK *Ts&Cs Apply* E-mail: Tuesday 19 July 2011 If your Home Doesn’t Sell We’ll buy it RE/MAX Ultra Select Tel: 021 713 9440 Fax: 021 713 9481 Gang violence flares up only a month after Americans and Mongrels agreed on ceasefire ‘Please bring back the peace’ TAMMY PETERSEN T HE atmosphere in Hanover Park remains tense after two separate shooting incidents were reported in the past week, resulting in one fatality. The resurgence in gang violence comes barely a month after peace talks resulted in an apparent truce being called between the Americans and the Mongrels, making this the shortest ceasefire to date. On Sunday afternoon, two people were shot while gambling at the corner of St Lucia Court. At about 14:35, a red minibus drove past the group and opened fire, hitting a 25-year-old man – who is suspected to be a member of the Americans – and a 15year-old boy. Both are believed to be recovering in hospital. On Wednesday, taxi guard Shamiem Nel (25) was shot twice in the head while walking from Soetwater Court to the taxi rank. He was approached by two armed men, believed to be members of the Mongrels, who cornered him at the robots in Hanover Park Avenue and opened fire at about 07:20. He died at the scene. The day before, an unknown number of gunmen opened fire on a house in Turfberg Walk, which belongs to an alleged member of the Americans. No-one was home and none of the bullets from the 30 rounds fired caused any injury. Warrant Officer Ettienne Conradie, the spokesperson for Philippi police, says no arrests have been made in either case, but the matters are under investigation. On Thursday, various local NGOs, the Hanover Park church fraternity, the departments of Community Safety and Social Development and concerned resi- OFF LIMITS: Police tape cordoned off most of Turfberg Walk after gunmen opened fire on a house belonging to an alleged American on Tuesday. Photo: Supplied dents met at the First Resource Centre in Lansur Road to discuss possible measures to decrease the number of violent crimes recorded in the precinct. Suggestions included the permanent deployment of extra policing to monitor gang hot spots, army patrols and community campaigning to stop the gangs from ruling the streets. A follow-up meeting was held yesterday at Philippi Police Station to further the discussions. But residents are losing faith that the gangsterism will ever be under control. “For as long as I can remember, gunfire has ruled our streets,” Lonedowne Road resident Lillian Jonas says. “There is no hope for order here. Those who carry the guns rule the roost. All we can do is watch as our children die, and there is nothing we can do to change it. The only option is to move out of this hell hole, but some of us don’t have the money, so what else is there to do but sit and wait for the bullet to come your way?” Abduragman Lewis says he envies people who live in “decent areas”. “They don’t know how lucky they are to never hear bullets being fired. I wish I was them, where I can let my children play in the street and not have to worry that they will be caught in gang crossfire. “When I look at my little ones, I wonder how long their innocence will last, and when they will be approached by people inviting them to join their murderous ranks. This is not a place to raise children.” Among the dozens of people People’s Post spoke to, only a lone voice remains hopeful. Shariefa Sassman, a pensioner who has lived in the area since 1970, says she will never stop believing that the situation in Hanover Park will turn around. “I have seen the good that can come out of this place where drugs are freely available and where children are exposed to things like murder and robbery. Look at people like Vicki Sampson and Benni McCarthy. They came from nothing and turned themselves into stars,” she says. “There is so much good here, but it is being overshadowed by the rubbishes who are turning our area into what it is now. I believe that the peace will come again. We must all step in and help to make it happen.”

Peoples Post Lansdowne Edition 19 July 2011

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