Gang Violence in Hanover Park
Joint seminar with VPUU (City of Cape Town)
8 November 2012
Kramer Law Building, UCT
Hanover Park is widely considered to be one of the communities in Cape Town most affected by gang-violence. Consequently the City of Cape Town and range of civil society and community organisations have been searching for solutions to reduce and prevent this type of violence. In this regard, Violence Prevention through Urban Upgrading (VPUU) (City of Cape Town) and SaVI organised a full-day seminar on 8 November 2012 at the University of Cape Town to discuss youth programmes and lower-risk lifestyle support programmes that could reduce and prevent violence in Hanover Park. The seminar brought together representatives from community groups and structures as well as non-governmental organisations in Hanover Park, city and provincial government officials, representatives from SAPS and academics.The seminar follows on from the completion of VPUU’s recent baseline survey in Hanover Park and the recent introduction of the Cure Violence model in this area. Central to this model are ‘violence interrupters’, namely trained individuals who intervene in crises, mediate disputes between individuals, and intercede on group disputes to prevent violence. The Cure Violence model has been devised by the Department of Public Health at the University of Illinois in the USA, and seeks to address short- and long-term crime prevention in the context to gang related killings.