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Joburg police probing motive behind shooting of alleged CT gang boss

The alleged 28s gang boss was travelling with a friend in an Audi R8 when gunmen opened fire on the vehicle.

FILE: Ralph Stanfield (wearing black jacket and sunglasses)  appears in the Cape Town Magistrates Court with five other co-accused on 4 September, 2014. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

JOHANNESBURG – Police are investigating the motive behind a drive-by shooting in northern Johannesburg in which alleged Cape Town gang boss Ralph Stanfield was wounded.

Stanfield was shot in his car near Melrose Arch. He then managed to drive himself to the hospital.

The motive for the shooting of Stansfield is unknown but is believed to be linked to a turf war raging in the Cape Town underworld over the control of nightclubs.

The police's Mavela Masondo says: “We’ve since launched a manhunt for the suspects who are still at large. And at the moment we’re still interviewing and obtaining statements from the witnesses. The motive behind this shooting in still unknown.”

The alleged 28s gang boss was travelling with a friend in an Audi R8 when gunmen opened fire on the vehicle.

According to sources, Stansfield has been spending time in Johannesburg of late and there is a concern that an underworld turf war in Cape Town that has claimed several lives is now spilling over into Gauteng.