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Perfect storm: SA gangs stronger than ever after filling lockdown vacuum

Hardened gangs feed impoverished communities, leading to the recruitment of thousands of new members

Senior reporter

Government’s Covid-19 lockdown fuelled an explosion of gangs across SA who deliberately targeted schoolchildren for recruitment.

Backed by leading SA gang experts, research by the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organised Crime (GI-TOC) reveals how police brutality, job losses, rising poverty and the closure of schools created the “perfect storm” for gangs.

The GI-TOC’s latest report, “Gangs In Lockdown: Impact of Covid-19 restrictions on gangs in east and southern Africa”, shows gangs adapted under lockdown and exploited vulnerable communities...

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