Cops are never going to solve the gang problems says author Don Pinnock

Ongoing gang violence that grips Cape Town’s suburbs every year, was the catalyst for author, investigative journalist and Criminologist Don Pinnock's new book about gangs in Cape Town.

The book's cover depicts Cape Town as the gang capital of South Africa.

Pinnock invested a great deal of time researching the gang structures and operations in and outside prison. CapeTalks John Maytham speaks to Don Pinnock about the current situation in Manenburg.

Pinnock describes the situation in Menenburg as both a turf and vengeance war.

Listen to the full conversation below:

As I understand it some Hard Livings guys with a vendetta in mind were released from prison and it seems to have escalated

Don Pinnock, author, investigative journalist and Criminologist

A lot of these guys are designated shooters within the gangs and they’ve got to earn their living… the problem is the fallout is hectic.

Don Pinnock, author, investigative journalist and Criminologist

The front end of this is vengeance killing and turf wars but the back end of that is a social situation that is really damaging to young people. I don’t know how they are managing.

Don Pinnock, author, investigative journalist and Criminologist

The cops are never going to solve the gang problems and anybody who things they are is crazy because the police's job is impossible …

Don Pinnock, author, investigative journalist and Criminologist
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