Cape Town is two cities. One is beautiful beyond imagining, known since its beginning as the 'fairest cape' in the world. Here tourists come to lounge on beaches, scale misty peaks and dine in fine restaurants. The other is one of the most dangerous cities in the world, where police need bullet-proof vests and sometimes army backup. Here gangs of young men rule the night with heavy calibre handguns, dispensing heroin, cocaine, crystal meth and fear. This is the story of the second cityâ¦ In Gang Town, investigative journalist and criminologist Don Pinnock draws on more than thirty years of research to provide a nuanced and definitive portrait of youngsters caught up in violent crime.
Dr Don Pinnock is an investigative journalist and photographer whose assignments have taken him to five continents. He has written 17 books, hundreds of articles and held several photographic exhibitions. He has degrees in criminology, political science and African history and has been a travel writer, photographer, biographer, historian and lecturer. He is an honorary research associate of the Centre of Criminology and the Safety and Violence Initiative at the University of Cape Town, a founding member of the Usiko Trust working with high-risk youths and is a trustee of the Chrysalis Academy. He is married to the novelist and poet Patricia Schonstein and they have two adult children. They all live at the foot of Table Mountain.