Gang violence in South Africa

December 10, 2016

South Africa’s street gang notorious for brazen violence, drugs and extortion has moved into other parts of the region and there is nothing police can do about it.The gang is actively recruiting Namibian, Zimbabwean, Mozambican and Zambian members and has moved into the drug trade in the region. An expert involved in monitoring gang activities in Africa told your blogger that because the South African gangs are classified as a street gang and not a criminal gang, it falls under the dominion of local police in the countries they are setting up shops.The gangs have carved significant territory in Southern African countries with exception of Botswana and authorities say it has been causing problems for the better of 2016. The violent brawls will become increasingly common in South Africa cities in the years ahead, warns a Zambian criminologist. While authorities hunted those responsible for a series of riotous confrontations that saw bullets used on warring drug groups in different cities in South Africa, officers were on stand-by last month after threats of a reprisal were made on social media. In Durban, a vicious fight between four men outside a concert venue last week grew into a rolling street battle involving dozens of combatants, with authorities calling for reinforcements to quell the fighting. Just four days earlier, a group of female celebrating a ladies night were allegedly attacked by three teenagers, who appeared in court two days later.Random outbreaks of public violence involving ethnic gangs and other groups will become more frequent in densely populated urban centres not only in South Africa but across the continent.The reason why there appears to be an increase in youth violence is because of changes in socialisation, particularly through family and early environments.

This has occurred through the last 10 years where the self-discipline that is the product of a stable family environment has significantly declined. So that, in broad strokes, is why South Africa is going to increasingly see more frequent occurrences of urban youth violence. The children were growing up more inclined to impulsive behaviour, which he claimed led to criminality, specifically through violence and aggressionIt is not the first time South Africa’s gangs had gone head-to-head in recent years. In the past it was reported the groups engaged in a number of clashes. Crowds, including families, attending the public events have been forced to seek cover before police broke up the melee. Police also received reports of robberies in the central business district related to the large group of youths fighting especially at night. It is believed the confrontation was organised through social media applications. This past week, chairs were reportedly hurled across a city suburb restaurant, bringing traffic to a standstill.Police said no weapons were involved and it was unknown what provoked the violence.South Africa’s nightlife has been hotly debated recently, with protests against lockout laws restricting alcohol sales and admittance to licensed venues in some areas.Looking at the problem from my point of view, there’s no doubt South Africa’s gangs were regularly borne out of factors like location, class, race and socio-economic circumstances. Gangs form by close association of people who live in similar neighbourhoods with similar backgrounds and life chances, or disadvantages, and usually they’re related by age. To control or modify behaviours, South Africa’s authorities need to go into areas and see and try and change the factors leading them to behave poorly.It is clear that the underprivileged or neglected young members of society sought comfort in groups, often leading to gang trouble.

Contador Harrison