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SPECIAL REPORT | Cape businesses live in terror of their ‘protectors’

A ruthless extortion racket has taken root, and the gangs are becoming more efficient by the day

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I flip television channels a lot since Covid-19 forced me to work from home. And I believe I have heard numerous experts waxing lyrical about informal businesses being key to the survival of SA’s economy.

I am sure I have heard them underlining the need to support local entrepreneurs to ensure their survival post Covid-19. As if the destruction caused by Covid-19 was not enough, Western Cape informal traders have been hit by another pandemic whose diagnosis eludes the economic whizzes.

In this province – blessed with natural beauty encompassing the splendid Table Mountain, exquisite beaches, fynbos and birdlife – a ruthless extortion racket has taken root. Criminal gangs have modelled themselves as parallel revenue collectors to the SA Revenue Service (Sars)...

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