This report, authored by Julia Stanyard, was originally published at

This paper provides insight and practical recommendations for policymakers and civil society in Cape Town and the Western Cape.

Grassy Park, a suburb in Cape Town, South Africa, bears a disproportionate burden of gangrelated violent crime. The concentration of gang violence has eroded the ability of local government – including education, social services, housing and healthcare, as well as policing and the criminal justice system – to function effectively. A concentration of effort in response to gang violence, coordinated among different branches of government, is needed in Grassy Park and similar areas – other ‘concentrations of violence’ – to break this vicious cycle.