Foreign News: Skollies

Cape Town, busy, crowded tavern of the seas, is plagued by young mulatto hoodlums who work in gangs and are called skollies. Between 1939 and 1942, operations of the skollies caused a notable increase of murders, assaults and rapes. Sometimes using colored girls for decoys, skollies waylay and rob British and American servicemen.

A recent report by a Government committee put most of the blame for skollieism on U.S. comic strips, gangster cinemas and Our Gang comedies.

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