Staggie is our leader: Gayton McKenzie

By Drum Digital
02 December 2013

Patriotic Alliance president Gayton McKenzie has praised former Hard Livings gang leader Rashied Staggie as a leader who could benefit his newly formed party

, The Star reported on Monday.

"For me, Rashied Staggie is a leader. There are many people he can save," the newspaper quoted him as saying.

"I've been personally responsible for Rashied since he has been out of jail. I have been talking to him. I've been learning from him."

McKenzie, an ex-convict, launched his political party along with former jail mate and businessman Kenny Kunene in November.

Staggie reportedly signed a party membership form on Sunday.

Staggie was sentenced in 2003 to 15 years in prison on charges of kidnapping and rape, and in 2004, he received another 13 years for gun theft from a police armoury.

The sentences ran concurrently and he served 11 years before his release on day parole in September.

McKenzie reportedly brushed off claims that this party was linked to gangsters.

"They can call me a gangster. They can call us the gangster party. But they'll see me at the polls."

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