Understanding gang recruitment

Why are gangsters recruiting young children and how are they succeeding in it? These were the questions raised by concerned residents of Manenberg and Hanover Park recently.

With hundreds of young people being lured into gangsterism, or innocently dying in crossfire in the area, residents continue to call for more intervention to stop the activity.

Members of Ceasefire SA, a gang intervention programme in Hanover Park and Manenberg, spoke to People’s Post to explain how gangs operate and why there has been an increase in recruitment.

Pastor Craven Engel, Ceasefire coordinator, said Hanover Park has four mainline gangs and about nine buffer groups who, with permission from leading gangs, have their own names. These totals are similar in Manenberg where there are six mainline gangs in the area.