Responsive Measures for Youth Development to Prevent Delinquent Behaviour Among Youths Not in Education, Employment or Training




Cape Flats, gangsterism, NEETs, youth delinquent behaviour, youth development


In this article, I sought to explore the perspectives of young people who are no longer in the education system and who are not working or being trained for work (NEETs) of youth development interventions that can be used to prevent delinquent behaviour among youths residing in the Cape Flats, South Africa. In this regard, convenience and purposive sampling were used to sample 30 NEETs, aged 18 to 24 years. Unstructured qualitative interviews were used to collect the data, and a thematic analysis was used to analyse the data that were collected. The findings revealed that the institutionalisation of youth clubs in the Cape Flats could be the best type of intervention to prevent youth delinquent behaviour. In this article, I recommend a multisectoral approach that would involve joint efforts from civil society and the government with the already existing basic package of support for empowerment of NEETs to strengthen the Presidential Youth Service Programme.


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How to Cite

Chauke, Thulani Andrew. 2023. “Responsive Measures for Youth Development to Prevent Delinquent Behaviour Among Youths Not in Education, Employment or Training”. Southern African Journal of Social Work and Social Development 35 (2):16 pages.



Received 2022-05-19
Accepted 2023-03-20
Published 2023-06-01