‘Surviving gang violence’ is the message that seven women from Cape Town are sharing with their Port Elizabeth counterparts. Their stories are contained in a book titled  “Women Surviving Lavender Hill”- one of the most dangerous townships in the Western Cape.

Parts of the gang-riddled northern areas of Port Elizabeth are on par. The book addresses the issues faced by women who live in these communities.

Veronica Koukamp lost her son to a life of gangsterism. He tried to turn his life around and left the gang but it was too late. He left behind his wife and two young children.

The book launch coincides with the 16 days of activism campaign of no violence against women and children.

“There is also the education phase where we inform school children while they are in school about these situations and normally when the family violence and sexual offenses unit is going to schools and making this awareness a lot of children came to the fore because they either didn’t know,” said Motherwell cluster commander, Major General  Davie Rabie.

The women run various NGO’s in their communities where victims of abuse are being counselled.