Journalist describes night in gang infested Ocean View, Cape Town

Ocean View has been making headlines for being the most gang infested community, with drugs, robbery, mugging and killings terrorising the community daily.

Mail & Guardian reporter Govan Whittles has written an investigative piece covering the gansterism and life in Ocean View titled “Life goes on in bloody gangland”.

Whittles says that he decided to spend a night with the community members rather than going in to collect his facts and go.

I actually went to spend a night where the gangsterism is going on, in the middle of the Junky Funky turf just to get a sense of what it's like for these residents throughout the night and capture what is exactly going on in the community.

Govan Whittles, Journalist with Mail & Guardian

I have never encountered a community that is on the edge as much as the community in Ocean View.

Govan Whittles, Journalist with Mail & Guardian

What I witnessed in terms of people getting on with their lives in the middle of what can only be described as a gang war is just indescribable resilience from the people of Ocean View.

Govan Whittles, Journalist with Mail & Guardian

Whittles says he was inspired by the fact that despite what the community is going through, they are still able to produce stars and champions.

When people are saying there are regular echoes of gunshots in Ocean View there are not lying. During the day you hear the gun shots going off and in the evening is the same thing.

Govan Whittles, Journalist with Mail & Guardian

In his piece, Whittles also gives the history of Ocean View and how it came about that the community found themselves in that exact location. He writes about some of the stories told by the elders within the community.

To hear the rest of the conversation with Govan Whittles and what he discovered in Ocean View, listen below:


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