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Plato denies gang links

ANC opened a case against Dan Plato claiming he had solid links to gangsters.

Western Cape Western Cape Community Safety MEC Dan Plato. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape Community Safety MEC Dan Plato has revealed to Eyewitness News he handed information about ANC members and their alleged involvement with gangsters and drug dealing over to the Public Protector in 2012.

However, on Friday the ANC opened a police case against Plato, claiming the MEC met with known gangsters to manufacture information that ANC provincial leader Marius Fransman and a well-known police general were involved in the drug trade.

The ANC also says it obtained an audio tape proving this.

Plato says since he took office, he has been up front with the public that he will be meeting with gangsters to try and get to the bottom of the problem in the province.

Plato says he has met with many gangsters, but did not make up any information about ANC members.

"There was no manufacturing of any information, nothing."

Plato says he did not compile a dossier on ANC members, but was merely given incriminating information which he quietly handed to the public protector in 2012.

"There is a complaint in writing about ANC members and that is important."

Recently, Plato has called for the army to be deployed in gang-infested areas to help fight the scourge.

The province has been battling gang violence in recent months which has claimed people's lives, including school children.

The Public Protector has been unavailable for comment.