Gang violence flares up in Worcester

A man and a teenage boy were gunned down in Avian Park on Tuesday, less than 24 hours after Community Safety MEC Dan Plato visited the area.

Western Cape Community Safety MEC Dan Plato is conducting a walkabout in Avian Park. Picture: Shamiela Fisher/EWN

CAPE TOWN - There's been a yet another flare-up in gang violence in a Worcester community.

A man and a teenage boy were gunned down in Avian Park on Tuesday, less than 24 hours after Community Safety MEC Dan Plato visited the area in a bid to defuse tensions between warring gangs.

Provincial Community Safety MEC Dan Plato says he learned about the ongoing gun battles in Avian Park after his visit to the area.

“The issue with a number of gangsters is that they don’t care whether they go to jail or not, they want to see blood and death. That was the message from some of the youth [gangs] and it was a shocker for me.”

Plato says despite this, they'll continue to work with authorities to fight gangsterism.

He has warned those who continue working in gangs that they will face the full might of the law.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)