‘10-year-olds walking around with guns’

Dan Plato says more children in the province are getting involved in gangsterism.

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

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape Community Safety MEC Dan Plato on Friday said more children in the province are getting involved in gangsterism.

He visited the gang-ridden suburb of Scottsdene in Kraaifontein this week.

Just hours after he left, a 21-year-old man was shot dead as gang violence flared up in the area.

Plato says children as young as 10 are walking around with guns.

"I think it's new for the children, they unknowingly get drawn into gangsterism. They don't realise the dire consequences of a gun - that guns might kill another person."