Residents of the Marikana informal settlement in Cape Town have voiced their frustration with the inaction of local police after 11 people died in two separate shootings on Friday.
Officers from specialised policing units, including intelligence operatives, have been brought in to monitor a situation which has grasped the attention of Police Minister Fikile Mbalula.
Mbalula has asked the community for help in identifying those responsible for the shootings, but community members say that prevention is needed and not just a reaction.
Some locals say at least 23 people have been killed in the area in the last 3 weeks, as they believe the killings are gang-related.
This is not the first time police presence has been called into question.
Residents from Ocean View, only an hour away from Marikana, held protests last week to push for more police action surrounding spates of gang-violence which have made ordinary life unbearable in the area.
Mbalula says officials will do everything possible to track down the shooters responsible for the bloody massacre.
“We are sending our task teams from across the country to deal with the situation in Cape Town. We are deeply disturbed and worried about what’s going on there. We will bring it under control.”
Spokesperson Brigadier Novela Potelwa says crime-fighting operations will continue for several weeks.
“Calm remained in the area on Saturday evening and Sunday morning. Meanwhile, detectives are hard at work, pursuing leads.”
Potelwa says no arrests have been made yet.