Son of Hard Livings gang boss Rashied Staggie shot dead in Manenberg, fear of reprisals | TBEN


Former Hard Livings gang leader Rashied Staggie. (Photo by Gallo Images / Nardus Engelbrecht)

  • The son of a former gang boss was shot dead in Cape Town last weekend.
  • Abdullah Boonzaader, the son of former Hard Livings gang boss Rashied Staggie, was murdered in Manenberg while gambling on the street.
  • Police are patrolling the area for fear of a retaliatory attack.

Gang member Abdullah Boonzaader, who suffered a similar fate to his father Hard Livings, was gunned down in Manenberg, Cape Town on Saturday night.

Boonzaader, the 32-year-old son of former Hard Livings gang boss Rashied Staggie, was murdered in Manenberg three years after his father was shot to death in Salt River.

Manenberg’s police spokesman, Captain Ian Bennett, said he and a group of men were gambling on the road when multiple shots were fired at him.

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“[He] lay lifeless, face down with multiple gunshot wounds to his face. He collapsed and succumbed to his fatal injuries on the spot. The suspects have fled and are yet to be arrested,” Bennett added.

Benett said police patrolled the area and additional members were deployed to saturate hotspot areas.

“We urge members of the area not to stir the tension between the gangs and if they have anything to report, go straight to the police station or call 10111,” Bennett added.

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The Western Cape police spokesman, Colonel Andrè Traut, said a 34-year-old man was shot dead in Beatrix Court, adding that the shooting was believed to be gang-related.

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“The circumstances surrounding the incident are being investigated by the police and the suspect has yet to be detained,” Traut added.

It is believed that Boonzaader left the Hard Livings gang and joined the Fancy Boys.

Videos and bloodied photos of Boonzaader were shared on social media and many people expected a retaliatory attack to take place.

Manenberg Community Policing Forum (CPF) chairman Vernon Visagie said: “Community members are now anxious and [for] for obvious reasons. This latest murder could spark another gang fight in the area and we’re not looking forward to this.

“We are calling on community members to please stay safe and not spread fake news about this death. The CPF is calling on anyone with information to come forward and report it to the police.”

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Residents in the area who spoke to TBEN on condition of anonymity said he had been shot in the face.

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“It was scary. It sounded like he was choking on the floor as the blood gushed from his body. There was so much blood that one lady even tried to put her hand on the wound to stop the blood. But [he] died. Anyway, it was very sad,” said one resident.

Another resident added: “Now we can expect anything. They were chasing… [him] for a long time and now that they’ve finally got him, I can’t help but think what’s going to happen next [the] apartment.”