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65 gang leaders considered for parole

2011-03-24 10:21

Cape Town - The possible release on parole this year of 65 top members of different Western Cape gangs has sparked fears of an increase in gang violence in the province.

Community Safety MEC Albert Fritz said on Wednesday he was worried about what the release of these top gang leaders could mean, especially in the light of the recent assassination of a gang leader in Cape Town.

Information made public on Wednesday revealed that Cyril Beeka, the alleged crime boss who was killed on Monday near the University of the Western Cape, had heard in January that his name appeared on a hit list.

Fritz said it was the community's right to know that the 65 men would all be released on parole this year. He would not, however, reveal the names of the 65.

Fritz said the names of people released on parole could only be revealed by the minister of correctional services.

Gang violence

Fritz's concern followed renewed gang violence which began about two weeks ago in Lavender Hill, Retreat and Steenberg.

He said his biggest fear was that violence would erupt in the areas to which the 65 would return.

"Look what happened last year in Hanover Park when a gang leader was released. There was renewed violence as he tried to extend his territory."

Fritz also revealed that several roleplayers met on Wednesday morning to discuss gang violence in several residential areas on the Cape Flats.

The minister said he was satisfied with the outcome of the meeting, which was even attended by Pagad.

He said one of the strategies which was agreed upon, was to put community police forums to better use for intelligence purposes.

Communities would also be encouraged to join neighbourhood watches, while better and more visible policing would be promoted.

 

Comments
  • Melly30 - 2011-03-24 10:26

    Dont release them... Let them rather rot! We South African's have ENOUGH to deal with at the moment!

      Steen - 2011-03-24 11:00

      Ask the WC goverment.

      GT - 2011-03-24 11:38

      Actually Steen, correctional services is a national government dept run by the ANC. What I cannot understand is that is illegal to be a member of a gang, yet police and politicians are always meeting with the leaders. We need a stronger RICO type act in SA.

      Virginia - 2011-03-24 11:47

      What is 65 gang leaders compared to the National Leaders of this country, Mrs Zille is right, let them out, maybe just maybe they will change and become good citizens, mor then I can say about much of our people walking the street, isn't 'Freedom" what this country supposed to be about?

      ArtimusPrime - 2011-03-24 12:21

      Virginia, you are out of your element. Unless you are being sarcastic. If you are then Well said.

      modefan - 2011-03-24 14:32

      Why couldn't they rather release 65 female sex offenders?

      Meanleader - 2011-03-25 17:09

      Something sinister about this ..... just before elections . Maybe trying to make excuses for ANC to take over West Cape . They will do anything to get back Cape Town . There is definitely something more ....... OOOOH yes , they are going to do this to divert attention from possibly releasing hundreds of their own black rapists , or fraudsters , or murderers or politicians . OR maybe , this is going to make crime statistics bad for Cape town .... then they look less like the incompetant tribe that they are .

  • jiamalunga - 2011-03-24 10:32

    Are they suffering from Shaikness?

      JOHNNYBRAVO - 2011-04-08 12:22

      i think meanleader is on to something here. never thought of that!

      alansmartSnr - 2012-04-25 20:46

      Everybody is looking past or over the biggest gangsters of all - talking about the SCAMRAL gangsters who are committing the biggest scam and fraud ever. Ask them what they are getting - legaly. And it begs the question of whats happening under the table.. I would like to see them getting life!

  • lenhard1984 - 2011-03-24 10:33

    Destabilize the western cape before elections maybe?

      gen.mewmew - 2011-03-24 11:24

      yes and everybody who doesnt know this is STUPID.

      fullmoon - 2011-03-24 11:36

      Can't argue that fact. Our fatcats have learnt well from their cousins of the north.

  • Kale - 2011-03-24 10:37

    Must all be friends of the ANC. It's their plot to reduce the numbers in the cape flats since the ANC thinks there are too many of them.

      Melly30 - 2011-03-24 10:46

      Funny!! I think the ANC are trying to get the votes in the Cape!!!!!!

      Bluemas - 2011-03-24 11:26

      @Melly30...pls stop making a fool of yourself

      Melly30 - 2011-03-24 11:28

      Bluemas - my dear little troll, how are you doing?

      LogicBomb - 2011-03-24 11:32

      @Bluemas you're right, that dubious honour belongs to you and your ANC zombie mates alone.

      Meanleader - 2011-03-25 17:19

      Bluemas ....You have officially been promoted from Troll to "Hobbit" Well done boetie .... you are making a name for yourself . Melly .... ANC.. definitely trying to curry votes from the Cape . Just a bit ill informed . Then again , the criminals are the voting constituency of the ANC !!!!!!

  • Macho Mike - 2011-03-24 10:41

    Eish, so now they are letting the ANC Ministers out?

      Mgayi - 2011-03-24 11:11

      Ha ha ha , that's a classic dude

  • Felix - 2011-03-24 10:42

    Put them all in a cage, last one breathing can leave.

      Wedfew - 2011-03-24 11:40

      And throw them in the sea.

      Stuka - 2011-03-24 11:48

      That's what I wanted to say, would make for a amazing cage fight.

  • Makenzi - 2011-03-24 10:48

    iyoh! They must be suffering from the Shaik Syndrome. Cape Town ordinary citizens are in K@K!

      Melly30 - 2011-03-24 10:49

      We are all in kak Makenzi - No thanks to the ANC...

      Bluemas - 2011-03-24 11:25

      @Melly30...are you always this stupid or are you just making a special effort today?

      Melly30 - 2011-03-24 11:29

      Bluemas - Making the effort only for you today!! CHOP

      Meanleader - 2011-03-25 17:22

      Hey Blueass . I see you are a good counter puncher . Got anything original to say inkwenkwe ?

  • afroduckk - 2011-03-24 10:55

    The ANC needs vote in the Western Cape ....Think about it ...

      gizzy - 2011-03-24 14:19

      They can vote behind bars!

      K_za - 2011-03-25 14:35

      Letting one out caused chaos---can you imagine 65!!! Make the Cape ungovernable-ANC.

  • Homo-Sapien - 2011-03-24 10:57

    Well, I'd hate to say this, but they did their crime and paid their time, so realising them would only be fair justice. Sucks though.

      daaivark - 2011-03-24 11:06

      They have NOT YET done their time, hence the term "parole".

      Homo-Sapien - 2011-03-24 11:09

      Well "parole" is part of our penitentiary system, whether you and I like it or not.

      VMR - 2011-03-24 11:09

      No, they haven't done their time. Parole grants early release before the full sentance has been served.

      DW - 2011-03-24 11:31

      If parole is part of our pentitentiary system, why not let Clive Derby-Lewis out? They find a way to keep him in. They can find a way to keep these criminals in until the end of their sentence.

      Steen - 2011-03-24 12:40

      @Mgayi the findings by TRC was not satisfactory hence the refusal by Parole Board.

      Meanleader - 2011-03-25 17:25

      ahem... and the parole board consists of which demographic tribe ? Surely not the racist and revengefull ANC ?

  • daaivark - 2011-03-24 11:03

    This is CRAZY electioneering posturing. Completely insane!

  • LadyJJ - 2011-03-24 11:04

    PRISONERS CAN VOTE IN JAIL THEY DONT NEED TO BE OUT ..STUPIDS

      paulf - 2011-03-24 11:09

      Only country in the world that I know of that allows criminals to vote. Criminals should have all their civilian rights taken away when going to prison.

      Darwinian - 2011-03-24 11:29

      the same for the non-tax payer too!!!

      PB - 2011-03-24 13:19

      LadyJJ, You are actually the Stupid one here - they can's cause as much sh#t from inside prison as they can outside, that is what the ANC is hoping for, duffus

  • Zakiah - 2011-03-24 11:06

    One of the ANC’s plans to make the Western Cape ungovernable I guess

  • paulf - 2011-03-24 11:07

    Who Let The Dogs Out!!!! Crazy government we have here. Please unleash them to sort out Zuma and his bunch of bandits.

  • Fikile - 2011-03-24 11:10

    Fritz U DumbAss why are you not sorting the problem out. Passing the buck Please no excuses get the job done. or si there to much drug money making its way to into the DA pockets. Keep the problem in the townships.. Lack of respect from you, and a lack of will.

      LogicBomb - 2011-03-24 11:33

      @Fikile I'm busy now, can I ignore you later too?

      DW - 2011-03-24 11:34

      Actually Fikile, Fritz is the one who is raising the issue. The dumbass ANC would just release them to disrupt the WC so that it looks bad before elections. Get your facts straight before you speak a load of rubbish here. You are showing your lack of knowledge and intelligence.

      Rob Gunning - 2011-03-24 15:07

      I wasn't aware that the DA was obtaining financing through drug running. Perhaps you could elaborate or at least give an example of a case where this has been alleged? Or is this just something random you felt like saying?

      Fikile - 2011-03-24 15:47

      DW, u must b a DumbAss. Why raise an issue when u r captain of the ship (MEC fritz), OH I forget make it an issue, so when it gets sorted out, it makes u look good. U must be a dumbass to believe that Fritz actually cares. IT IS CALLED SCARE TACTICS some thing he learnt in his apartheid years remember "swart gevaar"

  • paulf - 2011-03-24 11:11

    ANC are letting them get parole to make the WC ungovernable. ANC ploy people.

  • Dazza22 - 2011-03-24 11:23

    That's the way, bring back more crime, brilliant idea. (sarcasm for those uneducated muppits who take this seriously)

  • SAFFA-CAT - 2011-03-24 11:25

    RETARDS: Parole is not determined by the DA you tossers. The DA Minister is appealing to the Parole Board that the gangster NOT be paroled. This is an ANC ELECTION ploy. They need violence on the Cape Flats in order to convince voters that the DA can't control crime in the Western Cape.....especially on the Cape Flats. READ BETWEEN THE LINES MATLA AND YOUR EQUALLY TARDED MINIONS..... THE ANC WANTS THESE CHAPS OUT - THE DA DOESN'T.

      Melly30 - 2011-03-24 11:30

      Thanks SAFFA-CAT... Bluemas, do you understand what SAFFA-CAT is saying or must we draw pictures for you???

      jouplesier - 2011-03-24 12:16

      melly, bluemas isnt interested in pictures...unless its a picture showing where he can get his free-handout

      Fikile - 2011-03-24 16:17

      PASSING THE BUCK AGAIN, so u are telling me the DumbAsses cannot control crime? are u saying the MEC has no control or no say who gets paroled U must be a retard yourself.

  • coonpsycho - 2011-03-24 11:27

    vote time is near, crime boss is offed and suddenly 65, sorry i just have to repeat that SIXTY FIVE TOP gang member on parole in the same year??? Conspiracy or not that just sounds wrong doesn't matter what anyone says. Nosiviwe Noluthando Mapisa-Nqakula is a former school teacher and from the ANC and on the review board of parolees.....

  • DW - 2011-03-24 11:27

    They have been sentenced for long terms. Why release them on parole if you are concerned about them? There is nothing that says you HAVE to release them on parole - just have a look at Clive Derby-Lewis. If anyone should get parole it is him and they are not giving it to him. If you can find a reason to keep him in jail, then keep these other criminals where they belong until their full sentencing term is up.

  • Dave - 2011-03-24 11:28

    @ Steen, for your information you are allowed to vote, wether you in jail or not? just something for you to think about before you start spewing turb all over the place. enjoy your day

  • zazmo - 2011-03-24 11:29

    Guys does it really matter who is responsible for the release of these people? I THINK WHAT MATTERS HERE IS THAT THE RELEASE OF THESE PEOPLE IS GOING TO CAUSE MORE PROVBLEMS IN OUR COMMUNITIES AND WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO ABOUT IT!!

      Wedfew - 2011-03-24 11:46

      Hey blik ... we all don't live in the Western Cape.

      jouplesier - 2011-03-24 12:18

      and it DOES matter who is releasing them....because who ever (ANC) is releasing them is THE ENEMY of our society and deserves to be thrown in jail with these gangsters

  • unblind - 2011-03-24 11:31

    What is the DA doing to eradicate gang violence in the western cape?

      LogicBomb - 2011-03-24 11:39

      What is the ANC doing to eradicate nepotism, tenderpreneuring, cronyism, fraud, theft, intimidation, sabotage, incompetence, black nationalism (Nazism), lack of service delivery, collapse of our education system, utilities, municipalities, government departments, blah blah fishpaste. Go play in the traffic you troll.

      Cathy - 2011-03-26 02:33

      As far as I see the DA are the only people asking questions.. So what does the ANC do? Sweep it under the carpet and create more criminals.. remember that leaders lead by example.. GREAT EXAMPLE!!

  • ebdg3000 - 2011-03-24 11:33

    Yesh, poly, I agree with you - let them kill each other - just don't get caught in the X-fire ...

  • Wedfew - 2011-03-24 11:36

    Hang the lot of rapist, murderers whats wrong with this system?

      jouplesier - 2011-03-24 12:19

      less votes for the anc then

  • vince muller - 2011-03-24 11:39

    I love it. If the ANC plays fowl, so can the DA. Helen Zille for president. At least she's educated.

  • JuluisMalema - 2011-03-24 11:39

    Does not surprize me at all. The ANC love's crime, they also practice it.

  • LISLECA@24.com - 2011-03-24 11:39

    I could care less if another crime boss/gang leader is assassinated but i worry about the innocent parties who get killed while the cops cant even provide protection to the communities

  • sceptic - 2011-03-24 11:45

    Just as I thought the streets were getting safer with these gangsters behind bars..... Thank You ANC for making south africa an unsafe place to live in!!!

      Charnè Anderson - 2011-03-24 13:03

      It's not the ANC (or any other party) making SA unsafe, it's the people who commit the crime. So why don't all of us naysayers start taking action and stop lambasting everyone who has not committed the crimes and rather those who have. Because at the end of the day you commit a crime out of free will, even if it is only to steal bread because you're hungry, because a crime is a crime... except those committed in self-defence.

      moiraine - 2011-03-26 09:00

      Nope the ANC are not making SA unsafe, it is definitely the people, I do agree there. In "people" of course we have to include high-ranking members of the ANC government who are committing a proportion of the crime daily out of free will. However, where the ANC government is failing dismally is in making efforts to control the crime. They unfortunately are too busy feathering their own nests to worry about protecting the people. You very rarely hear the government speaking out about crime. Remember the police are the arm of the government. And when private people try and control the crime in their area the ANC government are going out of their way to make it difficult for them. So, yes you could say the the ANC government has contributed hugely to making SOuth Africa an unsafe place to live.

  • Jack - 2011-03-24 11:45

    Do we know when they'll be released? I'd like to get those two guys on a motorbike parked outside the gate!

      Charnè Anderson - 2011-03-24 12:58

      LOL, good one!

  • JAOW - 2011-03-24 11:53

    Well, it seems to me that this is yet another ploy by our National ANC Government to destabilise the Western Cape and quite pointedly just before elections. Very sad and disappointing.

  • Mac - 2011-03-24 11:58

    The Nationalist party used to lower the price of booze before any election to solicit votes - The ANC needs these guys free to boost their numbers in the WC and hopefully out of gratitude the gangs will vote ANC (Considering the prevailing news it is impossible to differentiate between cadres, security firms, ANC, criminals, MP's, gang members, police, commies and unions).

  • Slapper - 2011-03-24 12:16

    Only in South Africa? Must have been a large exchange of money? I wonder how many have spent longer in Jail awaiting trial on trivial charges, that have no chance of release? The only way I would let these guys out early is in Box's (Cardboard ones).

      jouplesier - 2011-03-24 12:27

      lets not waste cardboard boxes please

  • Vaal Donkie - 2011-03-24 12:35

    Seems the ANC is punishingthe Western Cape for voting DA.

      Charnè Anderson - 2011-03-24 12:58

      Not everyone in the WC's voting DA... there are some of us who refrain from voting, because we've been disappointed so many times...

      LogicBomb - 2011-03-24 14:15

      @Charne and you actually have the gumption to tell us this, just after your comment above? Wake up, your ice cream is getting cold! You can't expect any change if you're not prepared to cast your vote!

  • leraz/kuyuz - 2011-03-24 12:48

    cape of madness, yak!

  • Charnè Anderson - 2011-03-24 12:56

    Why don't we all say "stuff Robben Island" and banish all the bloody criminals to a life of starvation on the island. We leave them with no food, no means of communication with the "outside world", we just drop them and leave them there; and then let them kill each other, they'll all die eventually… But that's just an idealistic dream.

      persvrij - 2011-03-24 18:34

      You seem to have a lot of opinions for some one who doesn't vote. Only cowards speak without any action.

  • Madelane - 2011-03-24 12:56

    But I thought all the gang leaders were in parliament....just shows when you don't read the article.

  • braveinternetguy - 2011-03-24 13:00

    I would not be surprised if the ANC government promised them freedom on the condition that they get their gangs to vote ANC, and make sure as many people as possible in the gangs' territories, also to vote ANC. I mean, after all, it's the ANC that made sure criminals in jails get to vote.... ...just saying....

      barkers - 2011-03-24 14:33

      well said. you've hit the nail on the head so too speak. Fear and intimidation will be on the cards for those on the cape flats. DISGUSTING ANC!

  • PB - 2011-03-24 13:14

    The timing of this just smacks of stirring the pot in the Western Cape just before the elections.

  • coolwaynie - 2011-03-24 13:26

    Don't think of them as 65 criminals but as 65 potential cabinet members..

  • Mgayi - 2011-03-24 13:42

    Politics is a very dirty game , I wouldn't be surprised if this turns out to be an effort to convert gang territories into municipal wards These are the future ward councillors and Exco members for City of Cape Town .

  • Tazzy - 2011-03-24 13:43

    Oh no Slaapstad is going to have a rude awakening!! Neighbourhood watches, bwaaaahahaha, has this paw paw even been into one of these area's? The cops (even the intelligent ones) dont even go in their and now you suggest neighbourhood watch! Best you watch your hood bru .... invasion may be taking place!

  • Safrican - 2011-03-24 13:49

    I had to doublecheck that it was not the 1st of April. Surely this is a pre-April Fools Day joke!!!

  • Eric West - 2011-03-24 14:01

    FREE CLIVE DERBY LEWIS NOW!!

      Zakiah - 2011-03-24 15:49

      ...and all the others that's in jail for fraud and corruption!!...oh no wait, they are sitting in patlement already!

  • FrankLee - 2011-03-24 14:27

    This is surely an attempt to undermine the running of the province. It's an African Nationalist Crooks plot to make the province ungovernable.

      FrankLee - 2011-03-24 14:29

      Sorry that should be "African Nationalist Criminals"....

  • JuluisMalema - 2011-03-24 14:33

    Proudly ANC putting more criminals on the streets since 1994. Viva vote ANC and keep putting more criminals on the streets if you vote DA the death penalty might come back and criminals might get justice. Go ANC.

      JuluisMalema - 2011-03-24 14:34

      Vote DA for a safer South Africa stand together!

  • KNORPATAT - 2011-03-24 14:55

    Release their names plus a photo along with it

  • Paddy - 2011-03-24 15:06

    Put them all in one cell and them thin their own numbers. No way let this trash back out on the streets. Gangsters are cowardly wankers.

  • K_za - 2011-03-24 15:24

    The ANC definitely is not interested in the Coloured vote are they?! Or maybe they reckon the gangs can intimidate the people.

  • Lazioforever - 2011-03-24 15:47

    Only 65 of them....What next???? Release Shabir Shaik??? hahahaha!

  • Vusabantu zuma - 2011-03-24 17:27

    Its seems as if our government is a gangster himself.