SPECIAL REPORT | Marked for terror: why kids join gangs - and breaking free
Driven by hunger and a need for acceptance, children become easy targets for gang recruiters
Terror is the word that best describes Horatio “Voudie” Solomon’s reign as leader of a gang known as the Terrible Josters.
Six members of the gang, including their feared leader, were sentenced to life in prison by the High Court in Cape Town on Monday. A state indictment in a second case, due to be heard in the same court, alleged that the gang used children, driven by hunger and a need for acceptance, to commit some of its most heinous crimes in Cape Town.
“The gangs have an easy job recruiting kids. The poverty is at its worst now. When you come home from school and your parents are at work, you get hungry and you want something to eat, but there’s nothing … You wander around in the streets looking for anything to eat,” Ceasefire gang violence intervention programme director Craven Engel said this week...