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Plato must go over 'gang links' - ANC

The Community Safety MEC has been accused of being in cahoots with Cape gang bosses.

The Community Safety MEC has been accused of being in cahoots with Cape gang bosses.

CAPE TOWN - African National Congress (ANC) leaders in the Western Cape believe its time Community Safety MEC Dan Plato steps down.

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) on Tuesday declined to prosecute anyone after looking into claims by Plato that a senior ANC politician is working with gangsters.

Last week, Plato revealed to Eyewitness News he lodged this complaint with the Public Protector last year.

The ANC has in turn accused Plato of having links with gang bosses and have opened a criminal case against him

The ANC's Songezo Mjongile said: "From where we sit what has happened has really exposed Plato. As the ANC we think it's about time that Mr Plato resigns from his position."

Meanwhile, Plato's spokesperson Greg Wagner said the MEC was just doing his job by handing over a public complaint.

"The [MEC] has noted the report by the NPA but still awaits a report by the Public Protector, to whom the matter was originally referred."

On Monday, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa urged Plato to come clean about which side he was on.

He warned that police would deal with gangsters and if Plato was involved, he would not be spared.

On Friday, the ANC held a press conference where it announced it would hand over a dossier containing incriminating information about the MEC.

The party also opened a 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.

While Plato has admitted to meeting with gangsters he has denied any wrongdoing.

Several people, including children, have been caught in the gang crossfire in recent months.

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