Gangs are difficult to prosecute - NPA
The Western Cape NPA said it was a challenge to prosecute gang syndicates.
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.