Community Safety MEC, Reagen Allen, says the province together with police must accelerate the pace to curb gang-related murders in the Western Cape.

He was speaking when the provincial police management released the second-quarter crime stats, yesterday.

His comments followed the Western Cape police management’s release of the second-quarter crime stats for the province, on Monday.

The report shows that out of 202 gang-related murders reported in the country, 86% were in the Western Cape.

Allen says police and government must be proactive to deal with the scourge of gang violence in the province.

“We are wanting to do everything in our power to make sure that the AGU (Anti-Gang Unit) is fully functional. [Including] the work that Metro Police, LEAP officers, and SAPS, and all our stakeholders are doing – so that we can ultimately make sure that our communities are safer. Gangs have been breaking down the fabric of our society for way too long.”