Staggie ‘visitor’ in drug deal bust

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tik 2 july 22 Cape Times File photo: Jeffrey Abrahams

 

Cape Town - Police say a Sexy Boys gang leader who visited former Hard Livings gang head Rashied Staggie in prison, and three relatives, have been arrested for alleged drug dealing in Mitchells Plain.

Police say among those arrested was a 15-year-old boy, whose parents were also arrested.

 

The four suspects are expected to appear in the Bellville Magistrate’s Court on Thursday.

On Wednesday, police announced they had arrested a Sexy Boys gang leader.

But Jerome “Donkie” Booysen, who a Hawks investigating officer previously identified as a head of the Sexy Boys, said police had “their facts all wrong”.

In a phone interview with the Cape Times, Booysen said he was not aware of any Sexy Boys gang members having been arrested.

Police spokesman Frederick van Wyk said officers involved in Operation Combat, a police operation clamping down on gangsterism, received information on Tuesday that the Sexy Boys gang was responsible for supplying drugs in Mitchells Plain.

 

He said at 5pm officers went to an address in Boston, Bellville, where 2.5kg of tik, 583 mandrax tablets, scales and R75 000 cash were seized.

A Sexy Boys gang leader, 45, his wife, also 45, and a 35-year-old man were arrested.

“The 15-year-old boy was caught while running out of the house by the Tactical Response Team members… with some of the drugs in his possession,” Van Wyk said.

He said the 45-year-old Sexy Boys leader had been identified as having visited Staggie at a prison in Worcester before Staggie’s release on day parole. Staggie was released on day parole on September 23, but was ordered back to Pollsmoor Prison on December 4 for breaking his parole conditions.

Last month, the Correctional Services Department said Staggie had violated parole conditions by meeting gangsters and paying “unauthorised visits”.

On Wednesday, Van Wyk said the Sexy Boys gang members arrested were linked to Durbanville and Bellville drug cases where a garage alongside a house had been set alight “to get rid of the evidence” in February.

A month later, police spokesman Andre Traut had told the Cape Times that the three houses raided in that incident, where “chemicals together with equipment” were confiscated, had belonged to Booysen.

But Booysen had told the Cape Times he was not involved in the houses that were raided. “It’s not even my land. I was renting it out,” he had said.

Two years ago during the bail application of Serbian fugitive Dobrosav Gavric in the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court, the investigating officer, Paul Hendrikse, testified that Booysen was a leader of the Sexy Boys gang and a suspect in underworld figure Cyril Beeka’s murder.

Gavric, who is wanted in Serbia for murdering two people and assassinating Serbia’s most feared warlord, Zeljko Raznatovic, was driving the vehicle in which Beeka was shot dead on March 21, 2011.

Hendrikse had testified that shortly before Beeka was killed, Beeka and Gavric had visited Booysen at his Belhar home.

Shortly after the killing, Hendrikse said, Booysen had arrived at the scene.

André Naudé, who had been a chief executive of the controversial bouncer company Specialised Protection Services, previously told the Cape Times it was backed by Booysen and Sea Point businessman Mark Lifman, whose name also cropped up in the Beeka case.

Lifman and Naudé were facing legal action for allegedly running a bouncer company illegally.

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