We say no to crime! 49 gang members handed over their weapons to the police

A group of about 49 youth gang members in Hout Bay handed in their weapons and vowed to stop committing crime.

The youths belonged to the Xaba and Bad Boys gangs which have been blamed for a spate of crime in Hout Bay.

The respective gang members have expressed their interest to get involved in skills development programmes.

To get more insight, CapeTalk’s John Maytham speaks to JJ de Villiers, Chairperson of Hout Bay Community Policing Forum:

According to de Villiers, among the handed over weapons there were pangas, knife’s, assegai and screw drivers. The decision to stop committing crime by the 49 youth came after two people died due to gang related violence. They also fear for their lives.

It is currently not clear if the weapons that were handed over were used to commit crime.

Listen to the full conversation on The John Maytham Show:


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