The Elsies River Community Policing Forum (CPF) is calling on residents to work with authorities to try to deal with the scourge of gang violence.

Earlier this week, 15-year-old Shaygan Alexander was shot dead in Leonsdale.

Another teenager was wounded in the attack that is believed to have been gang-related.

The CPF’s Imraahn Mukaddam says residents must speak out against gangsterism.

“As a community, we have had enough of this kind of violence. People should stop looking the other way. We finding a lot of situations [where] people… they hearing the gunshots and they see the guns, but nobody is prepared to come forward and speak out against this. These heinous crimes where young boys are being massacred in our community”

Elsies River is not the only community that’s gripped by gang warfare.

On Thursday, a group of Lavender Hill residents handed over a list of grievances to the Steenberg Police Station’s management.

Their frustrations include business robberies and gang-related violence in the community.

Activist Lucinda Evans says they have had enough of crime.