De Lille aware of gang members as young as 9 in schools

Mayor Patricia de Lille says the city has taken steps to curb the trend.

FILE: Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille. Picture: Aletta Harrison/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille says she's aware of gangsters as young as nine and 10-years-old operating in schools.

De Lille says the city has taken steps to curb the trend.

The mayor was speaking at an event where she officially welcomed new Western Cape police commissioner Khombinkosi Jula.

De Lille says she's confident that, together with police, the city is making inroads in the fight against gangsterism.

She says the city has employed 36 school resource officers in an attempt to curb gangsterism in schools.

"Even our school grounds are not safe anymore; there are gangsters as young as nine and 10 operating in our schools."

The mayor has officially welcomed Jula, who has promised bold steps to make the Western Cape safer.