Gang crime in Cape Town
Cape Town mass shooting this weekend has left your blogger just like many South Africans, with whether the rainbow nation will ever overcome problem of gangsterism. Data from Police Service show that in the last one month alone, more than 25 people have lost their lives in Marikana informal settlement. Twelve of them were suspected gangsters either burned to death by community safety patrollers, stoned to death or murdered.Two days ago, 11 community safety patrollers were executed in attacks by suspected gangsters in retaliation of their members killings, begging the question, what next for the poor South Africans living in Cape region?More hardcore gangsters under the age of 23 were arrested last year than in 2015, according to Cape region police official data.It showed that many young gang leaders hailed from urban poor communities in South Africa. They were driven by a desire to appear bold, violent and dangerous before their peers.Many young and dangerous youths join ragtag gangs while in school and in time would become full-fledged gangsters.The killings in the month of September alone has renewed the primary concern of South African Police service take hardcore gangsters off the streets, and that this could be achieved through engaging communities living in areas like Marikana. When your blogged looked at some of the recent high profile arrests of gang leaders in South Africa, he saw that most of them are relatively young.Most of the suspects were in their early-20s and early 30s.Some young people are pushed into joining gangs by socio-economic factors.In poor communities like Marikana, youths may feel that life is tough and their living conditions are less than desirable. The gangs exploit this by showing them a life they’ve not experienced, such as by buying them things they cannot afford.This is a South African trend. It is possible to see that the strength of a gang is dependent on where it is located.Combating gangsterism in Cape region and other parts of South Africa required the combined efforts of all parties on all levels of society.The recent introduction of complaint communication lines in low income areas, schools is an example of such an effort.
The complaint lines enable residents and even students to tip off the authorities when their schoolmates become involved in dubious activities.This will help South African Police nip gangsterism in the bud. If a student is starting to get involved in deviant activities, including gangsterism, Police can step in and try to set them back on the right path. Over the years, the South African fascination with violent criminality usually gets discussed in terms of innate hostility to authority, inherently sympathetic to the underdog like those living in Marikana community where the mass shootings took place two days ago. If South Africa, crime becomes individualised, narratives of law-breaking no longer feature blacks striking against unjust boers but rather thieves and murderers seeking personal enrichment.Every age, in other words, gets the criminals it deserves. Since the turn of this century, we’ve seen an unparalled increase in inequality across South Africa, and a corresponding breakdown in social solidarity, as the traditional political class lend their imprimatur to the dog-eat-dog logic of the market.The era of criminal entrepreneurs in South Africa is, naturally, the era of the mobster, since the two occupations foster the same values and reward the same qualities.Posh South Africans love gangsters. The swagger of the gangsters is now a universal aesthetic in the country. The criminal makes a better popular hero than the politicians, precisely because the truly wealthy and the seriously powerful deal in abstractions and thus don’t get their hands dirty at all. If a South African gangster exemplifies all of the virtues celebrated by an entrepreneurial society, he, and it’s usually a ‘he’ because there are few such women in the business, also possesses a physical courage lacking in the bloodless arenas of commerce or politics.The gangs in Cape Region as everyone knows, wield their own bolt-cutters, blast their own shotguns anytime during the day or night.Research shows that a career thug in Cape Region, then, boasts an integrity generally missing from the upper echelons of the modern South Africa. Some even have been boasting on social media how they were never punished for the atrocities that they authorized against fellow gangsters in the Cape Region.There is no doubt that events of Cape Region in the month of September are a reminder that little gangsters go to prison and the big gangsters run the South African criminal world. If that weren’t the case, then those gangsters would have been incarcerated long time ago before they committed such atrocities.