VISIT: Minister Bheki Cele with victims’ families
National Police Minister Bheki Cele took to the mean streets of the Cape Flats on Thursday afternoon to tell people change is coming.

Cele visited Nyanga earlier in the day before making his way to Parkwood, Hanover Park, Manenberg and Ottery to visit families who lost loved ones due to gang violence.

The police minister’s spokesperson, Nonkululeko Phokane, says Cele vowed he would walk into the areas many fear to tread.

“The visits were part of the minister’s crime prevention operations in the Western Cape which he said he would do. He visited families affected and walked the streets himself like he said he will.

“He stated he would ensure policing happens and he would enter dangerous red zone areas on Thursday; he walked and he saw the plight of people. He is committed to keep to his word and that is what he is doing,” Phokane said.

In Parkwood over Easter weekend, six people were killed. The area has been a no-go zone since “an all out war” broke out between the Junky Funky Kids and the Mongrels gangs, residents say.

Community activist Adrian Williams says on Thursday, Cele arrived just before the janaazah of another gang violence victim but the family had no objection speaking to the minister.

“Just before the janaazah we came and the family invited us with open arms. They really had the opportunity to engage with the minister and he could hear their struggle and he could see their heartache,” he says.

Williams declined to give details of the victim, believed to be a man in his 20s.

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