Watch: Cape Town’s anti-gangster protestors fired with tear gas

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Communities across Cape Town’s gang-ridden areas are today shutting down their suburbs.

Residents of Bonteheuvel, Kensington and Manenberg — suburbs on Cape Town’s Cape Flats — on Tuesday engaged in protests against gangsterism and gang-related violence.

More than 808 of the recorded 973 gang-related murders in South Africa occurred in the Western Cape between April 2017 and March 2018.

Calling for intervention from law enforcement and police, #cptshutdown and #wcshutdown began trending on Twitter early Tuesday morning as residents took to the streets.

Protesters were met with tear gas and stun grenades.

This video of police firing tear gas into a crowd of protesters on the corner of Jakes Gerwel Drive and Bluegum Road was published by Twitter account @bosbeer2006 early Tuesday morning.

It has since been viewed over 1400 times.

GroundUp’s Ashraf Hendricks posted this video to Twitter, showing the growing tension on Jakes Gerwel Drive.

While a more powerful clip of a Kensington man shouting at police, calling out their failings, was also published earlier today by The Cape Argus. It was captured by photographer Henk Kruger.

A number of protests have been cleared, the City of Cape Town’s dedicated alert account tweeted. However, key transport hubs remain closed.

The City of Cape Town has yet to issue an official statement regarding the protests.

For more in depth coverage of the Cape Town shutdowns from the ground, the @TheCapeArgus and @AshrafHenricks are excellent follows on Twitter.

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