The children of Lejweleputsa district in the Free State says they join gangsters because of lack of parental care, support, income, attention and peer pressure.
The department social development held dialogues between parents and children to raise awareness about the growing numbers of children who are part of gangs.
One of the children,Mpho Sodi aged 10, Furthermore says they commit crime due to lack of parental care, support, attention and peer pressure.
Some children also highlighted that they were tempted to join gangs due to different reasons ranging from boredom, no role model, anger, lack of love and greedy of money.
Mr Karabo Nkaneng, who is a teacher by profession is appealing to the society and educators to work together to fight crime.