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There has been an increase in violence in the Cape Flats since the parole of former Hard Livings gang leader Rashied Staggie, the ACDP said on Wednesday.
“The ACDP is extremely concerned about the level of gang violence on the Cape Flats,” African Christian Democratic Party parliamentary leader Wayne Thring said in a statement.
“(The ACDP)... has noticed that since the news of Staggie’s release, there has been an increase in violence in the Manenberg area with the community being the ones having to bear the consequences, with schools having to close in order to combat fatalities in the area.”
Thring said the party hoped Staggie would adhere to his parole conditions.
“In his new role as a 'motivational speaker', we hope that he will be able to speak to the youth of the area who have been brought up around gang violence,” he said.
“We trust that the correctional services will be strict on his conditions as the people of Manenberg are experiencing more violence and any form of catalyst could be detrimental to the community.”
Staggie was released on day parole from Pollsmoor Prison in Cape Town on Monday morning.
He served 11 years of a 15-year sentence for kidnapping and ordering the rape of a teenager. He was recently transferred to Pollsmoor from the Brandvlei Correctional Centre.
He would have to return to the prison at night until his release on full parole on March 25. An electronic tracking device would be used to monitor his movements.
Staggie is the twin brother of alleged druglord and Hard Livings gang co-leader Rashaad - who was shot dead and set alight during a People Against Gangsterism and Drugs march on his home in Salt River, Cape Town in August 1996.