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Don Pinnock examines Cape Town’s violent crime in Gang Town – now available

Gang TownNow available: Gang Town by Don Pinnock, winner of the 2013 City Press Non-fiction Award:

Why is Cape Town one of the most violent cities on earth? What is it that makes gangs so attractive to young people? Why are drugs so easy to find and so widespread? Why are the police seemingly losing control of the crime situation? Why is it getting worse?

Top-selling author Don Pinnock answers these questions in Gang Town, and looks at solutions to the problem. Drawing on more than 30 years of research to provide a nuanced and definitive portrait of youngsters caught up in violent crime, the author has a look at where gangs came from and what they are, how families, education and toxic neighborhoods all play their part.

Praise for Gang Town:

You will not find a more insightful and unsettling book on gangs.

- Prof Jonathan Jansen

… not only an absorbing history of Cape Town but an insight into the city the like of which I’d not come across before … fascinating

- Mike Nicol

About the author

Don Pinnock is the author of numerous books, from travel title The Woman Who Lived in a Tree to a Ruth First biography and the novel Rainmaker. He is also a criminologist who co-drafted the Youth Justice White Paper for the ANC government. He wrote the seminal book on gangsterism in South Africa, called The Brotherhoods, published in 1984.

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