Gangs are difficult to prosecute - NPA

The Western Cape NPA said it was a challenge to prosecute gang syndicates.

Western Cape Director of Public Prosecutions Rodney de Kock. Picture: Chantall Presence/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The National Prosecuting Authority in the Western Cape on Friday said convicting gang syndicates in the peninsula was a very challenging job.

Provincial public prosecutions director Rodney de Kock said police and prosecutors are working closely together to bring racketeering charges against gang members.

More than a dozen people including an 8-year-old boy have been killed recently with gang shootings increasing in several communities.

De Kock said it's difficult to gather evidence.

"To gain understanding of the workings of a gang we need information which is kept solely within the gang itself."

De kock added that getting witnesses to testify was also a challenge.

"We sometimes have to rely on a witness that is part of a criminal gang or participated in criminal activity. This becomes difficult for the investigation and prosecution."

The director said a joint training program to deal with gang related issues was underway.