Staggie to be released on day parole

2013-05-22 00:00

CAPE TOWN —  Gang leader Rashied Staggie will be released on day parole next year.

He had served two-thirds of a 15-year jail term, given in 2003, for abducting and having gang-raped a teenage girl (17) whom he suspected of being a police informant. In 2004 he was also sentenced to 13 years for armed robbery.

One of 24 children of devout Muslim parents in the Western Cape, Staggie started the infamous Hard Livings gang after escaping from juvenile detention.

He will be out on day parole from September 23 to March 24 next year. Day parole means he will only sleep in Polls­moor prison at night, said Simphiwe Xako, Western Cape spokesperson for Correctional Services. During this time he will be under electronic surveillance.

Western Cape MEC for Community Safety Dan Plato said that if Staggie returned to a life of crime, the police would arrest him.

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