Gangs deliver food in poor Cape Town area amid lockdown

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — A preacher has recruited members of street gangs to distribute food in a violent and poor neighborhood of Cape Town during the coronavirus lockdown. The gang members deliver bread, flour and vegetables to homes and soup kitchens. Andie Steele-Smith, known as the “gang pastor,” says that when the gangsters were given a chance to do something positive, “they grabbed the opportunity with both hands.” But others who know their reputations view their motives with suspicion. J.P. Smith, who works in the mayor’s office, says the gangs engage in murder, extortion, protection rackets, corruption and trafficking in drugs and weapons. He says none of that goes away because they “suddenly pretend to do something nice.”