Gangs, Pagad and the State: Vigilantism and Revenge Violence in the Western Cape

Gangs, Pagad and the State: Vigilantism and Revenge Violence in the Western Cape

This booklet was funded by International Development Research Centre (IDRC). The Violence and Transition Series is a product of an extensive research project conducted by the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR) into the nature and extent of violence during South Africa's transition from apartheid rule to democracy. The booklet goes on to provide a short history, development and evolution of People Against Gangsterism and Drugs (Pagad) – as seen through the eyes of the media – since its formation in December 1995.


Bill Dixon
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Bill Dixon graduated with a BA in Law from Oxford University (Worcester College) and has an MA in Criminal Justice and a PhD from Brunel University. After working for third sector organizations in India and the UK, in local government, and as a researcher for the Law Society and the Police Foundation, Bill has held academic posts at Brunel University, the University of Cape Town and Keele University.

Lisa-Marie Johns
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Lisa-Marie Johns is a former Researcher at the Institute of Criminology.

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