Pagad: Attacks on gang bosses long overdue

The alleged leader of the 28s gang, Ralph Stanfield, was shot and wounded in Johannesburg on Thursday.

Ralph Stanfield and a friend were shot while travelling in a white Audi R8 near Melrose Arch in Johannesburg on 6 July 2017. Picture: Supplied.

CAPE TOWN - The People Against Gangsterism and Drugs (Pagad) group says it is not surprised by a recent spate of attacks on suspected Cape Town gang bosses.

In the latest incident, alleged 28s gang leader Ralph Stanfield was shot and wounded in Johannesburg on Thursday.

He managed to drive himself to the hospital, before crashing into several vehicles and is said to be in a critical condition.

Pagad's Haroon Orrie said, “It doesn’t matter where it’s coming from, whether it’s people who’ve responded on the ground or not, it really doesn’t matter to us at this point in time. It’s something that should have been happened before, it’s long overdue.”

Stanfield, who is the nephew of late Cape Town drug lord Collin Stanfield, was wounded but the police’s Mavela Masondo said he managed to drive himself to the hospital.

“Yes, it’s true because the shooting happened next to Melrose Arch, but the victim managed to drive himself to the nearest hospital where he is being treated.”

Police have launched a manhunt for the suspects.

Stanfield’s attorney Noorudien Hassan was also murdered earlier this year.

There has been a spate of assassinations in Cape Town recently linked to a turf war over control of nightclubs.

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)