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The SANDF was deployed to assist SAPS with crime operations on the Cape Flats in July 2019. Archive Photo: Ashraf Hendricks

Hanover Park resident: “There comes the army, there goes the army”

Nearly nine months after the army was deployed to the Cape Flats, what has changed?

By Ashraf Hendricks - 13 March 2020
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Not safe to go to the toilet

Residents of Kliprand informal settlement have opted for the bucket system because gangs target people using communal toilets at night

By Mkhuseli Sizani - 24 February 2020
Photo of Gordon De Bruin and Ershwin Engel play the leads in Dont Miss Your Turning, which aired for the first time at the Artscape Theartre.

Triumph for amateur cast at the opera house

Don’t Miss Your Turning Point received a standing ovation on Saturday night at Artscape

By Ashraf Hendricks - 17 February 2020
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“From the streets, to Hanover Park, to Artscape”

There will be one performance only of the play Don’t Miss Your Turning Point at Artscape on Saturday

By Ashraf Hendricks - 13 February 2020
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Gang violence: Mother of slain Bishop Lavis woman doesn’t have much faith in the army

Police use rubber bullets during protest against violence

By Ashraf Hendricks - 25 September 2019
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Protesters demand Western Cape crime summit

Threats of “a national protest and a possible tax revolt” if government does not respond

By Ashraf Hendricks - 27 August 2019
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This is what it’s like to go to school in Hanover Park

If they hear gunshots the “kids know if they outside they have to go to the nearest classroom and hit the floor”

By Tessa Knight - 12 August 2019
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Mothers of slain children march in Cape Town

Protest commemorates children killed by crime and gang violence

Text by Mary-Anne Gontsana. Photos by Ashraf Hendricks. - 1 August 2019
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Claremont Mosque calls for religious leaders to respond to Cape Flats violence

Vigil held for city’s residents “trapped” in conflict areas

By Tariro Washinyira - 19 July 2019
About 100 hundreds residents in Hanover Park block streets protesting against gang violence.

I’m fighting for my grandchildren and great-grandchildren, says Hanover Park pensioner

Residents block off suburb to protest against gang violence

By Ashraf Hendricks - 3 July 2019
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“We close the doors when the gangs are shooting outside”

Manenberg library provides a safe haven for kids

By Barbara Maregele - 27 June 2019
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“I’m doing it for all the blood of innocent people shed on the streets of the Cape Flats”

“Government keeps on saying that communities don’t want to speak up, but look what happens when you do”

By Barbara Maregele - 26 March 2019
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We’re afraid to leave our homes, Lavender Hill residents tell police minister

Bheki Cele did a walkabout of Lavender Hill on Friday

By Ashraf Hendricks - 8 March 2019
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It’s “war” on the Cape Flats

“We are living in fear” says Lentegeur Community Policing Forum chair

By Ashraf Hendricks - 27 February 2019
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Police chalk up arrests with anti-gang units

But civil society tells Parliament that an untrained and under resourced police force is failing communities

By Thembela Ntongana - 13 February 2019
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Police minister declares anti gang unit a success in its first month

Community members of Cape Flats praise police but complain about a lack of cooperation

By Saam Niami Jalinous - 29 November 2018