Cape Town - UCT has teamed up with the City of Cape Town to look at ways of tackling gang violence on the Cape Flats.
The university is working with the city’s Violence Prevention Through Urban Upgrading programme and recently held a seminar to discuss gang violence in Hanover Park.
Astrid von Brucken, programme head, said the seminar was initated as a way of gauging what the different role-players in Hanover Park were doing and how they could work together.
Some of the role-players at last week’s seminar included the police, NGOs working in the area and residents.
Von Brucken said a lot of attention was given to the Ceasefire model (also known as Cure Violence Model), which included having locals work as “violence interrupters” to try prevent violence from escalating.