The Number: One Man's Search for Identity in the Cape Underworld and Prison Gangs

The Number One Man s Search for Identity in the Cape Underworld and Prison Gangs None

  • Title: The Number: One Man's Search for Identity in the Cape Underworld and Prison Gangs
  • Author: Jonny Steinberg
  • ISBN: 9781868422050
  • Page: 102
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. The Number tells the story of both Magadien Wentzel, a lifelong criminal and prison gang leader of the 28s and the history of the South African prison gangs.Wentzel grew up as an identity-less colored boy in the cape townships. He didn’t know who his mother was until he was nearly a teen, never knew who his father was and despised his foster mother’s boyfriends. He doesn’t know his true name, age or religion. Lacking structure and guidance (granted this is an overgeneralization), he turned [...]


    2. he was coming to learn that one cannot reinvent oneself without reinventing the people around whom one has lived a life.At first I was disappointed with this book, as I thought it would include much more information about live in the gangs outside of prison, but now I understand that live in a prison gang and live in one of the big Cape Town gangs are two very different things. This is my second book by Jonny Steinberg in 2016, and the reason for that is that he not only writes about the live of [...]


    3. A must read for every resident of the Western Cape in South Africa, and for anyone who wants to understand the legacy of apartheid on the coloured population of the country. This is biography, history and current affairs rolled into one, written with a journalist's eye for a good story.


    4. The number tells the story of reformed gangster, Magadien Wentzel, who was high up in the 28’s, one of South Africa’s most notorious prison gangs. Steinberg spent 18 months with Wentzel, in and out of prison, and skillfully crafts the story of his shattered life into a whole narrative.The story is fascinating as it gives insight into one of South Africa’s most militant and powerful bodies: the organised crime mafiosos of the Cape Flats. The prison gangs have a rich (albeit imaginary) histo [...]


    5. Pros: The book is well-researched and referenced and the main protagonist, Magadien, is likeable. I also liked that it was a story of hope. As someone living in Cape Town, I appreciate that it also provided a lot of insight into the history and politics of the province and country.Cons: I'm not a big fan of the way the story of Magadien was woven together in seemingly structured but non-chronological ways. I believe quite a bit of it could have been edited as there was much repetition of facts a [...]


    6. The story of Magadien Wentzel/William Steenkamp/JR/Darryl illuminates the problem with criminalising bad behaviour. Magadien is in prison, again, and his rank in the Number is the only place in the world where he belongs. But belonging to the Number means belonging in prison.This book has confirmed a suspicion I've had about the criminal system, and shows that we really need to rehabilitate people and not treat them like outcasts once they're out of prison.Beautifully told, this book illustrates [...]


    7. always informative. Steinberg's investigative journalism takes on a personal tone as he follows one individual's search for his biological identity as well as an identity which links to the intricately complex number system in our prison system. This number system has spilled over to outside prison wall gangsterism in a South African context which makes it an interesting and informative for any local South African.


    8. Hectic! Jonny Steinberg's journalistic style makes this book. I learned so much about a world we'd rather ignore. He Hei even gave it to a local car guard (yes) to read - he called it a trip down memory lane. The truth of it makes it all the more unnerving - and fascinating.


    9. This book is in inspiration and an eye-opener. If ever proof was needed that rehabilitation, reconciliation, communication and compromise are necessary for peace and stability, The Number dishes it out in quantity. My battery has been recharged.


    10. A very interesting history on the complexities and context of South Africa's most notorious prison gang - The Number. Follows one of the Generals of the 28's Gang as he searches for redemption in post-apartheid South Africa.


    11. I am obsessed with gangs and prisons so this book was of great interest for me. Although at times it's a bit slow and too long in parts, I enjoyed the read.


    12. Jonny did so much research to bring this book to life. The details amazed me and gave me a true understanding of the world of prison gangs in South Africa.


    13. This is a very comprehensive and compelling insight into the coloured prison gangs of the Cape, told through the life story of a former member of one of these 'Numbers'.




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