Why do school children in the Cape Flats end up joining gangs?

Professor Rajendra Chetty has recently published research which focuses on how drug abuse has increased in schools in the Cape Flats.

Chetty argues that poor communities like those on the Cape Flats seem to be on the fringe of the department’s agenda.

Talking to CapeTalk’s Africa Melane, Professor Rajendra Chetty, Head of Research at the Faculty of Education at CPUT says the issue of drugs and gangs is quite complex.

Listen to the full conversation below:

The problem is not just political but educational, socio-economic and of course the environment.

Professor Rajendra Chetty, Head of Research at the Faculty of Education at CPUT

There is also the availability of drugs, the use of tobacco at an early age and poverty.

Professor Rajendra Chetty, Head of Research at the Faculty of Education at CPUT

I feel that these are very vulnerable communities and it is concerning that both Provincial and National government are not taking more strategic steps to sort the problem out.

Professor Rajendra Chetty, Head of Research at the Faculty of Education at CPUT

Especially in the Cape Flats we find that the use of certain drugs is quite high

Professor Rajendra Chetty, Head of Research at the Faculty of Education at CPUT

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