South Africa: Cape Town Mafia - Court Hears About Murder and Mayhem On the City Streets

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Five alleged underworld kingpins in the Cape Town protection Mafia have been slapped with seven additional charges of intimidation and extortion. Two of the men were told on Tuesday that they are also being investigated in connection with the death in October 2017 of two patrons at the Cubana nightclub in Stellenbosch. The court heard how members of the "Mafia" behaved as if they owned the streets of Sea Point, blocking roads with a convoy of expensive vehicles and demanding tables at restaurants. Oh, and accused No 1 Nafiz Modack proudly wore, to court, a jacket emblazoned with an ANC logo. By MARIANNE THAMM.

It was a day of body and bag searches as well as suitably dramatic testimony in the ongoing Cape Town Magistrate's court bail hearing of five alleged city protection racket kingpins. When it eventually goes to trial, the case promises to be the biggest in years and threatens to expose a nasty batch of corrupt lawyers, police and politicians.

The hearing of Nafiz Modack, Colin Booysen, Ashley Fields, Jacques Cronje and Carl Lakay kicked off rather dramatically when Senior DPP Advocate, Esna Erasmus, who has been brought in to lead the state's case, announced that the...

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