‘Parents must speak out against gang violence’

Community Safety MEC Dan Plato made the comments at Jaylen Scalurd’s funeral.

FILE: Community Safety MEC Dan Plato. Picture: Gadeeja Abbas/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Residents in areas affected by gang violence must break their silence and report criminal activity, Western Cape Community Safety MEC Dan Plato said on Wednesday.

He made the comments during the funeral service of 10-year-old Jaylen Scalurd in Mitchells Plain.

The boy was caught in gang crossfire last week while playing outside his Beacon Valley home.

Community members came in their numbers to bid farewell to Scalurd.

Plato says if communities remain silent about criminal activity, gang violence will continue to escalate.

"It's high time that parents begin to speak out. Kids are keeping guns, kids are getting involved with gangs and drugs, and parents are just keeping quiet."

Jaylen was laid to rest in Muizenberg.

At least four other children were wounded in suspected gang shootings across Cape Town over the past few weeks.