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DA wary of Staggie's release

The Democratic Alliance says it will closely monitor the former gang leader.

Former Hard Livings gang boss Rashied Staggie was released on day parole on 23 September 2013. Picture: Shamiela Fisher/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Democratic Alliance (DA) on Monday said it will closely monitor the conduct of former gang boss Rashied Staggie.

He was released on day parole earlier in the day.

Staggie, who served a decade behind bars, will return to Pollsmoor Prison at night until his day parole ends in March 2014.

The 57-year-old former Hard Livings gang leader was convicted in connection with the rape of a teenage girl in 2003.

The DA's James Selfe says they are worried about the consequences of Staggie's release.

"We think that it might lead to an increase in gang-related violence in Cape Town."

Under his parole conditions, Staggie must be employed and wear an electronic tracking device to monitor his movements.

There are also inclusion and exclusion zones, but the Correctional Services Department's James Smalberger said this will not be made public at this point.

Meanwhile, his family has welcomed his day parole but expressed concern over his safety.

Businessmen Gayton McKenzie and Kenny Kunene were among those who welcomed Staggie after being released from prison earlier today.

The two men vowed to support the former gang leader rebuild his life.