Inanda's perceptions on the African context of parenting and its effects on crime among the youth in Inanda Township, KwaZulu-Natal.
Shangase, Andile Nkosithandile.
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Crime among the youth is one of the major social challenges affecting most of our black towns in South Africa. Inanda town has been identified as one of the towns mostly affected by this phenomenon. The purpose of this study was to explore Inanda’s perceptions on African parenting and its effects on crime among the youth. The effect of parenting style on crime among the youth has been extensively studied by several scholars but the research is yet to be conducted in Africa. The research adopted qualitative method of data collection using in-depth interview with semi-structured techniques. This approach aided the researcher to draw meaningful findings from this study. The findings revealed that parenting style was very influential in shaping youth behaviour. However, it was concluded that African context of parenting did not necessarily contribute to youth involvement in criminal behaviour. It was rather viewed as preventive method. Thus, it was recommended that Africans should go back to their old traditional ways of parenting.