n Acta Criminologica : African Journal of Criminology & Victimology - Gangs, drugs and policing the Cape Flats

Special Edition 2
  • ISSN : 1012-8093


This article presents a view on the recent gang violence that has held the people of the Cape Flats captive for a number of years. It examines the key imperatives of gang violence on the Cape Flats and the attempts by policing agencies to police gang violence. In particular, the article examines the new approach of organised armed violence employed by organised, armed violent gangs when dealing with rivals, community members and the police. The incessant calls from politicians for the military to be employed in the fight against gangs are also investigated. However, it is the police approach and actions that ultimately shapes the violence of the gangs through the gangs' responses to those police actions. The response of the Cape Flats gangs needs further examination.

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