Pagad triple murderer back behind bars two years after his release on parole

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Ebrahim Jeneker with Pagad leader Abdus-Salaam Ebrahim, during a visit while he was serving his sentence.
Ebrahim Jeneker with Pagad leader Abdus-Salaam Ebrahim, during a visit while he was serving his sentence.
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  • Two years after his release on parole, Pagad gunman Ebrahim Jeneker has been arrested.
  • Jeneker and two teenagers were taken into custody in Rawsonville while in possession of a suspected stolen vehicle.
  • Jeneker served 21 years for a triple murder that was committed in Grassy Park in 1999.

Two years into his parole, triple murderer Ebrahim Jeneker is back behind bars.

He was one of three members of People Against Gangsterism and Drugs (Pagad) who were released in 2020 after serving 21 years for two separate triple murders on the Cape Flats in 1999.

Jeneker, 54, was one of three people arrested near Rawsonville, almost 100km outside of Cape Town, on Saturday night for possession of a presumed stolen vehicle.

Police spokesperson Warrant Officer Joseph Swartbooi said a patrol vehicle responded to a complaint and spotted a white Isuzu truck near the N1 highway which fit the description they received.

He said: 

The members followed the vehicle and brought it to a halt. Three males, aged 54, 17 and 14, were arrested.

Jeneker and the two minors appeared in the Rawsonville Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.

Pagad co-ordinator Haroon Orrie confirmed Jeneker's arrest and that he was still behind bars.

"We haven't yet spoken to him to hear his explanation," Orrie told News24, adding that as far as he was aware, Jeneker had complied with his parole conditions otherwise .

He said Jeneker has not been "very much involved" in the organisation, following his release.

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"He had understandably decided to focus on his family, although one of his conditions was that he is not allowed to be involved in any [Paged-related] activities, especially in the public domain."

Orrie said he did not know who the two teenagers were.

Two decades ago, Jeneker had been convicted of 17 charges: three counts of murder, one of attempted murder, five of armed robbery and eight of illegal possession of firearms and ammunition.

He had been cleared of 77 charges during a marathon trial in the Western Cape High Court which ran for 149 days after commencing on 10 April 2001.

Initially, Jeneker faced 138 charges, ranging from murder to kidnapping, and armed robbery to terror attacks on the homes of drug merchants. He was left to answer to 61.

His co-accused, Abdullah Maansdorp, was found guilty of 18.

They received three life sentences for the 1999 murder of alleged drug dealer Adiela Davids, her daughter Feroza Marcus, and relative Marlene Abrahams at the Unisex hair salon in Grassy Park.

Davids' daughter, Nashaad Galant, who was only two at the time, was also hit. Jeneker and Maansdorp had been convicted of her attempted murder.

Pagad member Moegamat Isaacs was convicted two months later of mowing down Feroza's husband, Igshaan Marcus, and 20 people at a braai on a street corner in Hanover Park.

Three people died after the drive-by shooting.

Marcus survived the attack.

Pagad was formed in the 1990s in response to rampant gangsterism on the Cape Flats.

Devolving into a vigilante group, it was behind the 1996 murder of Hard Livings gang leader Rashaad Staggie, who was shot and set alight during a demonstration in Salt River.

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His twin brother, Rashied, was shot dead 23 years later outside his home in the same road in which his brother had been gunned down.

Jeneker was released in 2020 after serving his minimum required time, Department of Correctional Services spokesperson Singabakho Nxumalo said.

He would, however, remain in the community corrections system for the rest of his life.

Nxumalo confirmed Jeneker's arrest, but said the department was "not in a position to provide further details at this stage".

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