CT 'gang boss' back in court

Ralph Stanfield and five co-accused were arrested in connection with a firearms licensing racket.

A small group of people gathered outside the Cape Town Magistrates Court in support of alleged 28s gang boss, Ralph Stanfield. Picture: Chanel September/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - An alleged Cape Town gang boss, arrested in connection with a firearms licensing racket, is due back in the dock today.

Ralph Stanfield and five co-accused are expected to appear in the Cape Town Magistrates Court.

The other accused include three police officials and two women, who are already out on R50,000 bail.

While the state is expected to indicate whether or not it will post bail for the alleged 28s gang boss, Stanfield's supporters outside court on Monday called for his release from custody.

On Monday, both the state and the defence indicated they needed more time to discuss a way forward.

Security has been tight at the alleged gang kingpin's previous court appearances and is expected to remain that way today.


Meanwhile, the Ravensmead Community Policing Forum (CPF) says it has requested a meeting with Provincial Community Safety MEC Dan Plato because of an apparent spike in gang violence in the area.

An alleged 28s gang member was shot dead on Saturday night - a murder thought to be related to a gang turf war.

The forum's David van Wyk says, "The problem that we see in the area is that the people are supporting the gangs. On Saturday night they stoned the police and I was called in to talk to the community."