South Africa: football keeps township youth away from violence and crime
24-01-2013 Photo gallery
In South African townships, where there are high levels of violence and crime, young people can easily be enticed to join gangs and get involved in crime. Khayelitsha Township in Cape Town is no exception. Yet, as is the case across much of Africa, football is played and watched with great enthusiasm. As South Africa hosts the African Cup of Nations tournament where elite athletes are showcased, ICRC explores the potential for football to be used as a vehicle for social development, keeping youth away from illegal activities, while developing sporting and life skills. The ICRC has partnered with AMANDLA EduFootball, a Cape Town based NGO to find out more about the impact such programmes can have in reducing youth violence in townships.