Why is Cape Town one of the most violent cities on earth? What is it that makes gangs so attractive to young people? Why are drugs so easy to find and so widespread? Why are the police seemingly losing control of the crime situation? Why is it getting worse?
Top-selling author Don Pinnock answers these questions in Gang Town, and looks at solutions to the problem. Drawing on more than 30 years of research to provide a nuanced and definitive portrait of youngsters caught up in violent crime, the author has a look at where gangs came from and what they are, how families, education and toxic neighborhoods all play their part.
Gang Town is the winner of the 2013 City Press Non-fiction Award.