The police want the law changed so they can deal more effectively with rising gang violence. In a presentation to the police committee in Parliament, police officials on Wednesday identified the Eastern Cape, the Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal as the main trouble spots for gang-related violence. The South African Police Service said the fight against gangs had been ramped up, but existing laws would need to be fine-tuned to enable the police to intervene more effectively. The presentation to Parliament coincided with the release of the Urban Safety Reference Group’s State of Urban Safety Report in SA — a consolidated study of the most dangerous cities in the country. Lt-Gen Fannie Masemola said: "The phenomenon of gangsterism in the Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and Western Cape is a major cause for concern ... as it poses a major threat to society." At 73, the Western Cape led in terms of the number of gangs identified by police. The police identified up to 15 gangs in the Eastern Ca...

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