ONE SMALL SEED MAGAZINE Issue #29 Digital 04 THE BEST OF - Page 58

P ie ce s of J o b u rg The number gangs are a trinit y of South African prison gangs feared around the world. Their primar y locus is pollsmoor prison Ma ximum Securit y at the foot of Cape Town’s Table Mountain Range, Photography: KOPE | FIGGINS but their reign infiltrates across most South African prisons. Among the number, strict hierarchy commands that each gang holds longstanding roles, from protecting the gang’s code to accumulating wealth to dealing in violence. The most infamous are the 28s. They are the bloodline of the number. In an exclusive insider ’s account , Paul White tells the stor y of one such gang member of the Pollsmoor 28s. His name is Joburg.