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Pagad wants clemency for 9 members jailed over a decade ago

The anti-crime group led a march from Gugulethu to Athlone, calling for action against crime, yesterday.

People Against Gangsterism and Drugs (Pagad) leads a march down Klipfontein Road in Cape Town on Saturday 17 October 2015 against gangsterism, drugs and escalating crime. Picture: Xolani Koyana/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Anti-crime group, People Against Gangsterism and Drugs (Pagad) has again pleaded with government to grant clemency for nine members jailed more than a decade ago.

The organisation led a march from Gugulethu to Athlone on Saturday, calling for action against gangsterism, drugs and crime.

They handed over a memorandum to a Justice Department official, which includes a demand for the release of nine Pagad members behind bars.

One of the nine jailed members, Mansoer Leggett is serving eleven life terms at the Drakenstein Correctional Centre, for 11 murders.

He was convicted of killing Athlone gang members, shebeen owners and patrons in 1999.

The other eight received sentences ranging from 25 years to life terms.

During Saturday's march Pagad's Haroon Orrie asked for their release.

"One of the key issues is the release of the nine Pagad brothers that are in prison. Those are issues we've been dealing with for a number of years now."

Orrie says the acts were not committed for personal gain, but for the benefit of the community.