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CT gang leader opens up

A Mitchells Plain gang leader boats to Eyewitness News about his gang and its successes.

A Mitchells Plain gang leader shows his tattoo on 26 February 2013. Picture: Giovanna Gerbi/EWN

CAPE TOWN - A Mitchells Plain gang leader on Tuesday said there was a direct link between gang violence and the drug trade.

He spoke to Eyewitness News on condition of anonymity about what fuels gang violence in so many Cape communities.

A 2012 Community Safety Department report indicates officials are battling to reduce the three priority crimes in Mitchells Plain, namely gangsterism, substance abuse and house robberies.

The 33-year-old was polite, soft spoken and dressed trendily.

However, he warned he did not want his gang's name to be revealed as it would not be good for his reputation.

He admitted proudly it was one of the top five gangs operating in Mitchells Plain.

Donovan* explained the most respected gangs were those that made the most money.

"If you've got money, you have the power because you can bribe the cops and buy more guns."

He said he never expected to live so long.

"I never thought I'd live this long, but here I am."

Donovan admitted to using the drug he peddles and his daily habit helps him to focus and gives him courage.

Some Cape Town communities have been marred by gang violence in recent years.

In 2012, at least 25 people lost their lives in The Western Cape due to gnag violence.

*Not his real name.