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CT 'gang boss' expected in court

A suspected gang kingpin will appear in court today in connection with firearm licence fraud.

FILE: People were evacuated from the Mitchells Plain Magistrates Court on 27 June 2014 after a bomb scare ahead of the appearance of an alleged gang boss. Chanel September/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Security outside the Cape Town Magistrates Court is expected to be tight this morning as an alleged gang kingpin, arrested in connection with firearm licence fraud, is set to make an appearance.

The suspected gang boss and five others, including three policemen, were apprehended following a sting operation last week in Pretoria and Mitchells Plain.

The suspects have allegedly been involved in a racket, which includes the illegal issuing of top of the range firearms.

They are facing several charges, including fraud and corruption.

The suspects will this morning be appearing in the Cape Town Magistrates Court following Friday's drama at the Mitchells Plain Magistrates Court, where the packed courtroom had to be evacuated following a bomb scare and one man was stabbed after a scuffle broke out.

Two women believed to be the sister and girlfriend of the alleged gang boss have already been released on bail.

Western Cape police believe more people will be arrested in connection with the gun licensing racket.

The police's Jeremy Vearey says investigations are ongoing.

"It is obvious to us that the people we have arrested here are not the only links with organised crime in this province, who procured or attempted to procure weapons through fraudulent means in this particular way."

PAGAD MARCH

A Tafelsig pensioner says it feels as though she's living in a warzone because of gang violence in her neighbourhood.

The woman, who has asked not to be named, joined dozens of Mitchells Plain residents as they staged a protest march against gangsterism on Sunday.

Anti-crime group People Against Gangsterism and Drugs (Pagad) lead the protest, which also targeted known drug merchants' homes.

The pensioner says gang shootings are almost a daily occurrence.

"I don't think there's structure for the children who live and grow up here now, there's no structure of respect. And the police take ages; something must happen before they come out, they don't even patrol here."