There have been renewed discussions about how to fight gang violence in Cape Town, amid deadly rival wars in Manenberg and surrounding areas on the Cape Flats.
Gangstersim does not only affect the Cape Flats. Residents across the city have also called for widespread efforts to fight gang culture.
Though policing is important, the South African National Institute for Crime Prevention and the Reintegration of Offenders (NICRO), says government authorities need to counter gang culture by investing in youth initiatives.
Nicro CEO Soraya Solomon, says the focus needs to shift to creating integrated solutions for young people's education and recreational activities.
We've got to scale our resources to deal with the magnitude of the problem. If government, police and all the stakeholders want to make a difference, we've got to put billions behind the problem to sort it out.— Soraya Solomon, NICRO CEO