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'Parents must stop working with gangs'

Some parents are fuelling the drug trade by working with gangsters in the Western Cape.

The victim of a 2011 gang shooting in Hanover Park. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape Community Police Forum on Thursday urged residents in gang riddled communities to refrain from selling drugs in return for favours from gang bosses.

Forum chairperson Hanif Loonat said in many instances, parents agreed to be drug runners while kingpins promised to put their children through school and satisfy other daily needs.

He said although it was a desperate attempt by poor mothers to care for their children, it was one of the reasons that gang violence remained rife in the Western Cape.

"Gangsters are as strong as the support they get from their communities. We need to cut ties as communities with these gangsters. We need to clampdown on them instead of using them as a means to put food on the table."

This followed a recent spate of gang shootings in several Cape Town communities, including Mitchells Plain, Kraaifontein and Delft.

Over the weekend, two teenagers were shot dead in Delft.

No arrests have been made in connection with the murders.

In 2012, over 30 people, including children, were killed in gang-related violence throughout the province.

Gangsterism affects schooling as many children are forced to stay indoors due to the random shootings.

In 2012, Premier Helen Zille asked the Presidency to deploy the army to quell gang-violence, but her request was denied.

The Presidency said soldiers were not trained to deal with civilians.