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Cape Town after ApartheidCrime and Governance in the Divided City$
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Tony Roshan Samara

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816670000

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816670000.001.0001

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Gangsterism and the Policing of the Cape Flats

Gangsterism and the Policing of the Cape Flats

(p.90) 3 Gangsterism and the Policing of the Cape Flats
Cape Town after Apartheid

Tony Roshan Samara

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter begins by discussing the issue of “gangsterism” on the Cape Flats, followed by an analysis of the practices of the apartheid security forces that have managed to survive the transition into the democratic era. It talks about the Cape Flats Renewal Strategy (CFRS), through which city authorities identified crime and gangsterism as the primary obstacles to development of the Flats and institutionalized security governance within a socioeconomic development program. The chapter concludes with a description of post-apartheid policing, which is initially organized to combat gangs but in practice often contributes insecurity to township communities.

Keywords:   gangsterism, Cape Flats, apartheid security forces, democratic era, Cape Flats Renewal Strategy, CFRS, socioeconomic development program

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