The systematic segregation that took place in South Africa during apartheid left a lasting imprint on the country. Some have said the rise of gangs in South Africa can be traced to the Group Areas Act of 1950, which displaced Black people from their homes and exiled them to designated regions.
Forced into overcrowded areas, the population was driven to in-fighting and eventually splintered into gangs. Gang membership is reportedly on the rise in South Africa; in 2013, police estimated there were 100,000 gang members in the Western Cape province.
This list explores some of the more prominent gangs in the country. South African gangs have carved out spaces in a nation that continues to struggle with its grim legacy.
The Numbers Gang
The Hard Livings
The Sexy Boys