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SAPS to tackle Cape's CBD extortion ring but journo says cops possibly complicit

17 September 2020 3:38 PM
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Bheki Cele
Long Street
Extortion
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Cape Town protection racket
extortion ring

Police minister Bheki Cele has set up a steering committee to tackle an alleged extortion racket operating in the Cape Town CBD.

Several businesses in the city centre are allegedly extorted by criminals demanding protection money.

Investigative reporter and crime writer Caryn Dolley says the Cape Town protection racket has been an issue for decades.

RELATED: Long St protection rackets? No criminal received complaint in 10 years says SAPS

Dolley says that police officers have been accused of being involved in the extortion networks in the past.

We've sat through a number of court cases and we keep hearing claims of police operatives that have a hand in shaping these alleged extortion rackets.

Caryn Dolley, Researcher and crime writer

I hope that this steering committee will have proper, sharp teeth.

Caryn Dolley, Researcher and crime writer

We need to keep in mind that there have also been claims of police intelligence operatives shaping these realms.

Caryn Dolley, Researcher and crime writer

Listen to the brief discussion on The Midday Report:


17 September 2020 3:38 PM
Tags:
SAPS
Bheki Cele
Long Street
Extortion
protection racket
Cape Town protection racket
extortion ring

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