'It feels like it's the end of the world': Cape Town's youth talk about gangs and community violence
Download this report
If you would like to obtain a copy of this Research Output, please contact Hanlie Baudin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Institute for Security Studies (ISS) subcontracted the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) to undertake a child participation study on children's involvement in violence, particularly that relating to gangs and other kinds of organised armed violence in the Cape Town metropole. Focus group discussions were to provide an avenue for exploring children's experiences of living in an environment with high levels of gang activity, their views of why children join gangs, and their views about how children's engagement in gangs may be prevented and reduced. Four communities were chosen: two historically coloured and two historically black. The sites chosen were identified as having high levels of gang activity on the basis of a rapid assessment of children's involvement in gang activity in Cape Town, and of reports of gang activity made by children to the Safe Schools hotline.
A secondary and a primary school within each community were selected at random. Schools were then invited to participate, and to select groups of ten girls and ten boys in each of Grades 11, 9 and 6. Children who were not in regular schooling were accessed via Special Youth Care Centres and shelters for homeless children. In total 282 children were interviewed in 30 focus groups.
Related Research Outputs:
- Intervening in children's involvement in gangs: views of Cape Town's young people
- Review essay on Oliver Hermanus' Shirley Adams
- Coming to self-awareness: in search of an education for non-violence
- Kwazulu-Natal programme for survivors of violence
- Sources of aggressive behaviour in children. A brief outline with pointers for intervention
- Adolescence and youth: the challenge of violence in post-conflict South Africa
- Book review: Marks, M. (2001) Young warriors: youth politics, identity and violence in South Africa. Johannesburg: Witwatersrand University Press. 171 p. ISBN 1868143708
- Gender attitudes, sexual violence, and HIV/AIDS risks among men and women in Cape Town, South Africa
- Youth violence risk assessment: gaps in local knowledge and directions for future research
- Prevention, disengagement and suppression: a systematic review of the literature on strategies for addressing young people's involvement in gangs
- Horrible image is now a scandalous part of our national 'family album'
- Growing up in the new South Africa: childhood and adolescence in post-apartheid Cape Town
- Gender security, gendered violence and social justice: the rights of protection through the education of urban youth in African cities
- Ikasi style and the quiet violence of dreams: a critique of youth belonging in post-apartheid South Africa
- The presence of the past: youth, memory making and the politics of self-determination in southeastern Nigeria
- Safely queer on the urban peripheries of Cape Town: a comparative study exploring how 'class' mediates the possibilities and opportunities to reinvent identities for gender non-conforming youth on the urban peripheries of Cape Town in South Africa
- Safely queer on the urban peripheries of Cape Town: a summary
- The rules of violence: a perspective from youth living in South African townships
- Intersecting identities: race, sexual politics, and place in the discourses of young, gender non-confirming 'coloured' persons on Cape Town's urban peripheries
- Youth violence: a review of risk factors, casual pathways and effective intervention