YOUNG GUNS: Children in organised armed violence

  • Cheryl Frank Institute for Security Studies
Keywords: gangs, South Africa, crime, Cape Town, children, armed gangs


The problem of gangs is not new to South Africa. This is one of the reasons that Cape Town has been included in an innovative international study that has identified the phenomenon of ‘children in organised armed violence’. Given the youthfulness of South Africa’s population, as well as levels of poverty and unemployment, the risk factors for children’s involvement in armed gangs as recorded by the international study should serve as an early warning to us.

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