Gangs

Breaking the Cycle: Part 1

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[…]

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23 dead in CT’s Marikana as war rages between gangs

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[…]

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SAPS increases raids ahead of festive season

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[…]

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Presidency denies Zuma gang meeting

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[…]

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Gangs commit 16% of WC murders: Police

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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