EDITORIAL | A toxic cocktail of gangs, cops and politics blights the Flats
With new provincial commissioner came high hopes, but nearly a year on, the situation has merely worsened
The townships of the Cape Flats, notorious for violent crime, have a new, unwanted claim to infamy thanks to the explosion of protection rackets targeting businesses of all kinds.
Informal traders who spoke to the Sunday Times last week about several gangs of young men roaming Khayelitsha and demanding between R300 and R800 a month were too afraid to allow their names to be published.
They can hardly be blamed, especially in light of the murder of eight people in Gugulethu on Monday in an attack blamed on rivalry between two of the extortion gangs, Boko Haram and the Guptas...