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Reformed gangster addresses new recruits

A self-proclaimed reformed gangster compares the life and activities of gangsters to Satanism.

Junaid McKenzie was laid to rest on 28 June 2012 after she was shot dead in gang crossfire. Picture: Nathan Adams/EWN

CAPE TOWN - A self-proclaimed reformed gangster from Gugulethu on Friday compared the life and activities of gangsters to Satanism, saying their sole focus is to kill others.

Luthando Pikini was addressing an anti-gangsterism session in Athlone, Cape Town.

About 30 young men, belonging to at least five rival gangs in Gugulethu, took part in the gathering.

A mother whose son was killed in 2011 following a gang related incident pleaded with the men to change their ways.

She said she often thinks about what her son's life could have been had he not been involved with gangsterism.

But it was reformed gangster Pikini's testimony that seemed to hit home.

Pikini emphasised the gangs would not achieve anything except ending up in jail or dead if they remained gang members.

Meanwhile, a Lavender Hill community member lives in fear after she was threatened by local gangs.

Ayesha Davids has been told she is second on a gang hit list. She said she fears for her children's live but is not backing down in her fight against gangsterism.

Most communities have recorded an increase in the number of gang activity, with women and children caught in the crossfire.

Police urged parents to report their children if they are involved in gangs.