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Youth and Gang Violence

SaVI has hosted a number of events, as well as undertaken research on gang violence and the prevention thereof in the Western Cape. SaVI also works closely with a number of non-governmental organisations in the Western Cape that specifically focus on youth violence prevention, such as Amandla EduFootball and Waves for Change. Below are examples of some of our current work.

Recent Publications

SaVI has supported in-depth research by Dr Don Pinnock on the genesis of gang violence in Cape Town and various interventions and programmes that have the potential to prevent it. Dr Pinnock's book details the history of Cape Town's gangs the various pathways of violence that facilitate the creation and perpetuation of gangs and gang members. The book was released in March 2016 by Tafelberg Publishers.

In 2014 SaVI commissioned Pharie Sefali, a journalist, to undertake ethnographic research on the nature and dynamics of juvenile gang violence in Khayelitsha. Pharies spent weeks interviewing gang members, police, school principals and NGOs/ A publication in partnership with GroundUp was subsequently produced with a view informing public and policy debates on gang violence in Khayelitsha and possible prevention solutions.

‘Youth violence: sources and solutions in South Africa’ edited by Cathy Ward, Amelia van der Merwe and Andrew Dawes thoroughly and carefully reviews the evidence for risk and protective factors that influence the likelihood of young people acting aggressively. This can be used as a reference text for work on violence and aggression in many contexts, and for interventions to prevent violence and aggression. It was published by UCT Press in 2012.


Longitudinal survey research on youth violence reduction

SaVI has also partnered with a non-governmental organisation, Amandla EduFootball and the International Committee of the Red Cross to explore the impact of the sport-based violence prevention, and is in the process of initiating  a ten year longitudinal survey in Gugulethu and Manenberg to ascertain the impact of youth violence prevention interventions in this area. A pilot survey was administered to a 100 respondents in November 2014. A full baseline survey will be administered to 900 respondents in the coming months.