Another Pagad member arrested

Pagad says another member has been arrested in connection with a triple murder in Athlone.

the People Against Gangsterism and Drugs (Pagad) led a motorcade in Manenberg and Heideveld against gangsterism and drugs on Wednesday 31 July 2013. Picture: Graeme Raubenheimer/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Anti-crime group People Against Gangsterism and Drugs (Pagad) says another one of its members has been arrested in connection with a triple murder in Athlone.

Three men were shot dead and a woman wounded at a tuck shop outside an Athlone residence on Tuesday last week.

Gunmen entered the spaza shop on Veld Road and began shooting.

The Pagad member was apprehended at his Manenberg home on Monday night and taken into police custody.

Last week the organisation's national coordinator, Abdus Salaam Ebrahim, was arrested in connection with the same incident.

Pagad's Cassiem Parker said, "One of our members, Zakariyyah Albertyn, was arrested last night. Police put the same charge to him as they've done to our national coordinator. We awaiting further details."

Ebrahim has since been charged with three counts of murder and one of attempted murder.

His case has been postponed to 26 August for a formal bail application.

Ebrahim is currently being detained at the Goodwood Prison.

In 2002, he was convicted of public violence and imprisoned for seven years.


On Friday last week, a Pagad supporter said the organisation, and Ebrahim specifically, are being unfairly targeted when the focus should be on drug dealers.

The group said it's disgusting that its national coordinator is behind bars while there are thousands of drug dealers walking freely on the city's streets.

It said it's trying its best to get rid of drug merchants across Cape Town in order to make communities safer.

Pagad believes the latest arrest is meant to destroy the organisation.