Cele announces fresh move to smash Cape protection racket

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Cele announces fresh move to smash Cape protection racket

New team unites the city, province and police to tackle extortion racket that has expanded beyond nightclubs

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Since 2018, police minister Bheki Cele has taken decisive action to fight Cape Town gangsterism – but his latest move may be his closest strike yet at the heart of the city’s organised crime scourge.

As the Mother City faces an unprecedented threat by brazen organised criminals intent on taking over businesses through a wave of intimidation and extortion, the minister has announced the formation of a steering committee to address the phenomenon, which until now has lurked in the shadows of Cape Town nightlife – the heart pumping blood into Cape Town’s organised crime networks.

Perhaps speaking to the seriousness of this menace, the media gathered at Western Cape police headquarters in Green Point on Wednesday witnessed another unprecedented phenomenon, as Cele was seated beside mayoral committee member for safety and security JP Smith and his provincial government counterpart, MEC Albert Fritz, whose relationships with police management have been fractious...

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