Perfect storm: SA gangs stronger than ever after filling the vacuum during lockdown

Hardened gangs feed impoverished communities, leading to the recruitment of thousands of new members

15 November 2020 - 18:34

Government’s Covid-19 lockdown fuelled an explosion of gangs across SA who deliberately targeted schoolchildren for recruitment.

Backed by leading SA gang experts, research by the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organised Crime (GI-TOC) reveals how police brutality, job losses, rising poverty and the closure of schools created the “perfect storm” for gangs...

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