Reformed gang leader finishes matric

A former gang leader has changed his life and is now mentoring other young people.

A former gang leader has changed his life and is now mentoring other young people.

CAPE TOWN - A former gang leader from the Masiphumelele informal settlement near Fish Hoek on Thursday said he was glad he got on the straight and narrow.

Sifiso Tyuka has just finished writing matric and plans on mentoring children at a local cultural centre.

He also coaches soccer, and believes sport and cultural activities are the best ways to keep youngsters out of trouble.

"I was a leader of a gang called Amarussia [the Russians]. It was a group of young guys that were willing to do anything that I wanted them to do."

Several Western Cape communities have been hard hit by gang related violence in recent months.

At least 25 people have lost their lives.

Several children have also been caught in the crossfire.

Western Cape Police Commissioner Arno Lamoer has called on everyone to get involved to fight gangsterism.