The Lab was asked to join a multi agency program in Nyanga, South Africa’s ‘murder capital’. We conducted a high level diagnostic of local pathways to violence, including analysis of crime stats, mortuary forensics, court inquests and census demographics. This was combined with ethnographic video chronicles to help build an understanding of the complexities of local violence.
Various Western Cape Government departments provided statistics. The Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR) supplied raw data underpinning their paper ‘Streets of Sorrow, Streets of Pain’ which dealt in part with the nature of violence in Nyanga. The Institute for Security Studies (ISS) furnished demographic data cut into SAPS police precinct boundaries. Insight Story, an innovative market research company, was commissioned for video research on the ground.
Through this process we identified (among other insights) a clear need for credible and consistent programming for youth over weekends and evenings. This was the nucleus of the program now branded ‘Nyanga Yethu’.