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Plato mulls road shows on gangs

Community Safety MEC Dan Plato says they are looking at ways of addressing gang violence.

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

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape Department of Community Safety says it is preparing to hold several road shows in an attempt to deter teenagers from joining gangs.

Khayelitsha, Valhalla Park and Saldanha Bay have been identified as key areas.

In Khayelitsha, gangs like the Vatos and the Vuras are growing in popularity among youngsters between the ages of 12 and 18.

Community Safety MEC Dan Plato says he is well aware of the problem.

"You can't address [the issue] with the youth alone. You need to address it with the leadership of the area and particularly the parents. I am looking at a road show to many of these towns where these youth gangs are currently operating."

A commission of inquiry into allegations of police inefficiency in Khayelitsha briefly looked at the issue of gangs in the township during a series of public hearings.

Experts warned the problem needs to be quashed before it gets out of control.