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Gang Violence Forces Closure of Manenberg Housing Office

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Gang Violence Forces Closure of Manenberg Housing Office

by Cape Gateway
23 Mar 2007
Cape Gateway
Cape Gateway

Gang violence - and the threat it poses to staff - has forced the temporary closure of the Manenberg Housing Estate office, from Monday 26 March. The office is situated on the border of two rival gangs in the area. Regular shootouts take place around the office and these have meant the facility has had to be closed on a regular basis over the past few months.

On several occasions staff have had to hide under their desks until the violence subsides and it is safe for them to leave the premises. They have been severely traumatised, and their health badly affected. These are clearly untenable circumstances under which to work.

It has also become very difficult for maintenance staff to work in the area as they are being mugged and robbed on a daily basis.

Alternative arrangements will be put in place to ensure that a level of service delivery prevails during the temporary closure of the facility.

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City of Cape Town
Tel: 021 400 2201
Fax: 021 957 0023
Media Queries:
Grace Blouw
Manager: Existing Settlements
Tel: 021 900 1828

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