The Western Cape government is assessing the possibility of extending the presence of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) in areas affected by violence, according to Premier Alan Winde. The army was deployed into the Cape Flats after the escalation of gang violence. It remains unclear whether the soldiers[…]
By Loushe Jordan-Gilbert This story is part of a series focusing on former gang members who changed their lives for the better Convicted for hijacking and after spending a decade in jail, former gang member Chad Kingsley* said he had to make a change to be a father to his[…]
Major General Andre Lincoln is a contender to take over as Western Cape police chief. He currently leads the unit tackling gangsterism, the province’s most crippling problem, but Lincoln’s complicated history could see him ruled out for the top job. A policeman in the running to become the Western Cape’s[…]
A widespread and lucrative local heroin market has expanded across South Africa, facilitated by gangs, organised crime and incompetent or corrupt police, according to a report by ENACT. ENACT, which is funded by the European Union, builds knowledge and skills to enhance Africa’s response to transnational organised crime. According to[…]
Senior Western Cape policeman Major General Jeremy Vearey may have infiltrated the notorious numbers gangs, including the 26s and 27s, as he is adept at the “art of deception”, a lawyer has suggested in the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court. Rooshdeen Rudolph, who is representing an accused in the extortion case[…]
Hundreds of people, including children, have fled Cape Town’s Marikana informal settlement as gangs and community protection patrols fight it out in a war that has left 23 dead in the past three weeks. At night residents are woken by the sound of automatic gunfire as the patrols and criminals[…]
Neither guns or gangs could stop the matric pupils of Oval High School in Mitchell’s Plain from getting close to a 100% pass rate. “I know how many difficulties you had to face,” said principal Na-aim Kassiem with awe as he addressed the class of 2015 who were sitting at[…]
The South African Police Services (SAPS) in the Western Cape are hoping to crackdown on gang-related activity across the Cape Flats during the festive season period, with the police force’s Operation Combat initiative set to cut the supply lines of illegal firearms and drugs. Much of the focus will be[…]
The Presidency has dismissed a Mail and Guardian report alleging that President Jacob Zuma met with top Western Cape gang bosses as ” frivolous, incoherent and pathetic”. The report suggests Zuma met with key alleged gang figures including Ighsaan “Saanie American” Davids and Quinton “Mr Big” Marinus in a bid[…]
Gang violence could be blamed for a portion of murders and attempted murders in the Western Cape, the provincial SAPS said following the release of crime statistics. It said gangsters were responsible for 16% of murders and 39% of attempted murders recorded in the last financial year. Areas contributing to[…]
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