Cape Town - Police say they have arrested five residents for gun and drug possession in Mitchells Plain at various addresses they believe former Hard Livings gang leader Rashied Staggie visited while out on day parole.
On Sunday, police spokesman Andre Traut said the five arrested, four men and a woman, were expected to be charged on Monday and to appear in court by Tuesday.
The five were taken into custody at three homes in Rocklands. Traut said: “We have reason to believe (Staggie) visited these addresses.”
Staggie was released on day parole on September 23, but was ordered back to Pollsmoor Prison on December 4 for allegedly breaking his parole conditions.
A few days ago, the Correctional Services Department announced his day parole had been revoked after it was found he had indeed violated parole conditions by meeting gangsters and paying “unauthorised visits”.
The statement said evidence of his violations had been corroborated by an electronic monitoring system.
Staggie had been electrically monitored to track his whereabouts while on day parole.
Traut said that, during an operation aimed at clamping down on gansterism, officers had gone to the three addresses in Rocklands.
He said at the first address, in Viscount Road, three men were arrested and a 38 Special, four rounds of ammunition, eight packets of tik and 10 mandrax tablets were confiscated.
Elsewhere in Viscount Road, Traut said, a woman was arrested and five packets of heroin, a packet of tik and 12 dagga parcels confiscated.
He said at a third address, in Cyprus Road, a man was arrested and four large dagga parcels confiscated.
A decade ago, Staggie was found guilty of giving orders and participating in the kidnapping and rape of a teenage girl from Mitchells Plain.
Later, while he was in custody, he was convicted of stealing weapons from the Faure police armoury and sentenced to 13 years, to run concurrently with the 15-year rape sentence.
Staggie made headlines earlier this month when he signed up with the just-launched political party the Patriotic Alliance, headed by ex-convicts Gayton McKenzie and Kenny Kunene.
When he was initially released on day parole, Staggie made headlines when it emerged that he would be employed by Ivan Waldeck, a gangster-turned-pastor who had employed Staggie as a general worker at Bellville South premises used as a church and gangster rehabilitation centre.
Staggie was expected to appear before the parole board on February 14.
His day parole would have ended on March 24.
According to the Correctional Services Department, had Staggie not violated his parole conditions he would have been on full parole by March 25, and this would have continued to March 23, 2017, when his sentence ended.