Don Pinnock’s Gang Town

09 June 2016

Don Pinnock, a renowned criminologist and journalist, has been researching gangs in Cape Town for 30 years. His latest book, Gang Town, is the most comprehensive account to date of how impoverished young people in Cape Town’s townships get caught up in the network of drugs, gangs and violence.

The lecture, which forms part of UCT’s Summer School Extension Lecture Programme, will explore Cape Town’s gang culture and its connection with international organised crime and drug smuggling, forced removals, and the failure of the post-apartheid government to address the social problems that give rise to gangs.

The lecture will take place on Monday, 13 June 2016 from 18:00 to 19:00 in LT3 in the Kramer Building on UCT’s middle campus.

The lecture will cost R84 (full fee) or R42 (UCT staff).

For more information, contact the Centre for Extra Mural Studies on 021 650 2888 or

Read the Saturday Star coverage of Gang Town

Caption: Don Pinnock’s new book, Gang Town.

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