EXPERIENCE-BASED LESSONS FROM MALES IN THE NORTHERN AREAS OF PORT ELIZABETH (GQEBERHA) ON FACTORS THAT PROTECTED THEM FROM BECOMING INVOLVED IN GANGSTERISM

  • Desira Davids Nelson Mandela University
  • Zoleka Soji Nelson Mandela University
  • Zurina Abdulla Nelson Mandela University
Keywords: gangsterism, buffering, buffer, protective factors, community members

Abstract

Despite the widespread prevalence of gangsterism and the predominantly male membership of gangs, some males residing and growing up in the Northern Areas of Port Elizabeth (Gqeberha), where gangsterism is so widespread, have never been involved in gangs. A qualitative study, explorative, descriptive and contextual in design, using semi-structured interviews as data-collection method, explored and described the experience-based lessons from selected males on factors that have protected them from gang involvement. Findings included family support, faith or religion, positive role models, education, participation in wholesome pursuits and involvement in sports as being amongst the factors that prevented participants against involvement in gang activities. Strategies to strengthen these protective factors and utilise them to design relevant programmes and interventions should now be investigated.

Author Biographies

Desira Davids, Nelson Mandela University
Postgraduate student, Department of Social Development Professions, Nelson Mandela University
Zoleka Soji, Nelson Mandela University
School of Behavioural and Lifestyle Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences, Nelson Mandela University
Zurina Abdulla, Nelson Mandela University
Department of Social Development Professions, Nelson Mandela University
Published
2022-11-30
How to Cite
Davids, D., Soji, Z., & Abdulla, Z. (2022). EXPERIENCE-BASED LESSONS FROM MALES IN THE NORTHERN AREAS OF PORT ELIZABETH (GQEBERHA) ON FACTORS THAT PROTECTED THEM FROM BECOMING INVOLVED IN GANGSTERISM. Social Work/Maatskaplike Werk, 58(4), 419-441. https://doi.org/10.15270/58-4-1074
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Articles