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NGO: Manenberg kids becoming violent

A local NGO says small children are becoming violent due to the ongoing gangsterism.

A local NGO says small children are becoming violent due to the ongoing gangsterism. Picture: Renee de Villiers/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - A non-governmental organisation in Manenberg on Monday said it has noticed a concerning trend among young children in the notorious suburb.

Shawco Centre Manager Cyril Pelston says more youngsters are partaking in activities like gambling on street corners and getting into violent fights.

Pelston says children are portraying gangster-like tendencies because their community is plagued by such activities.

"They are expressing a lot of violent tendencies through their games and that is a major concern for me. There's a lot of aggression among these young kids."

Pelston urged government departments and other NGOs to introduce programmes to keep children off the streets during the festive season.

Manenberg is among several communities affected by gang violence in Cape Town.

Over 30 people, including children, have been killed in gang crossfire in the past year.