Also, thank you to Wardie Leppan, Project Officer, International Development Research Centre (IDRC), for his ongoing support of, and insight into, the Violence and Transition Project.
This booklet was funded by International Development Research Centre (IDRC).
Work on the project focusing on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission was supported by the Embassy of Ireland, the Charles Stewart-Mott Foundation and the Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund (SCIAF).
Series Editors Brandon Hamber Piers Pigou Bronwyn Harris The report begins by setting popular activism against gangsterism and drugs in the historical and social context of the Western Cape.
It goes on to provide a short history of People Against Gangsterism and Drugs (Pagad) - as seen through the eyes of the media - since its formation in December 1995.
Violence today is complex, dynamic and creative in form shaped by both apartheid and the mechanisms of transition itself.
In order to understand - and prevent - violence during transition in South Africa and abroad an ongoing action-research agenda is required.
Through this series the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation offers an initial and exploratory, yet detailed, contribution to this process.
The Violence and Transition Series is funded by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC).
Lisa-Marie Johns is a former Researcher at the Institute of Criminology.
Bill Dixon is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Criminal Justice, University of Cape Town, and a researcher at the Institute of Criminology.
We would like to thank all the people we spoke to during the course of our research for making the project possible.
We are also indebted to Brandon Hamber and Piers Pigou for their editorial support, to Elrena van der Spuy for her comments on the report in draft form and to Wendy Meyer for making the contacts that needed to be made.