Rashied Staggie

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Police still on the hunt for Rashied Staggie’s killer more than a month later

No arrests have been made in over a month following the murder of former Hard Livings gang leader Rashied Staggie.

Rashied Staggie

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The South African Police Service (SAPS) in the Western Cape are yet to make any arrests following the murder of former Hard Livings gang leader Rashied Staggie more than a month ago. 

SAPS spokesperson sergeant Noloyiso Rwexana said the matter is “still under investigation and there are no new developments to report thus far”.  

It has been a month and a half and it is still unclear as to who is responsible for Staggie’s murder. 

Rashied Staggie gunned down 

Staggie was fatally shot on Friday 13 December 2019, in Salt River, Cape Town. 

Staggie was sitting in a friend’s car outside his house in London Road when he was shot through the windscreen several times. 

Western Cape police said police forensic experts were on the scene of a shooting incident where a man was shot and seriously wounded. 

“The 58-year-old died on arrival at a nearby hospital. Information at the disposal of the police indicates that the deceased was sitting in his vehicle when two unknown suspects emerged, fired several shots at him and fled on foot,” said SAPS.  

“Crime scene experts are currently on the scene combing for clues that could assist the murder investigation. Woodstock police have reinforced deployment in and around the Salt River area,” they confirmed at the time. 

Who was Rashied Staggie? 

Rashied was born in the Cape Town Suburb of Mooirivier in 1956. The Group Areas Act led to the forced removals of coloured people. The Cape Flats then became a place where more than a million displaced coloured and black people were relocated to. 

Rashied’s family were moved to Manenberg, a poverty-stricken suburb without access to proper infrastructure and services. It was then that Rashied and his twin brother, Rashaad, resorted to petty crimes for survival. 

Rashied Staggie’s convictions

By the 1990s, the twins were notorious gang leaders and their gang, the Hard Livings, had members around the Cape Peninsula. The Hard Livings gang participated in various crimes, ranging from armed robbery, dealing of guns and drug distribution.

In 2004, Staggie was convicted of burglary from the Faure police armoury and sentenced to 13 years in prison. In May 2013, the Western Cape department of correctional services announced that Staggie would be released on parole for good behaviour in late September 2013.

Hard Livings 

The Hard Livings gang was founded in 1971 and is a large street gang and organised crime group based in Manenberg, Cape Town. The Hard Livings is one of two “super gangs” in Cape Town with the other being known as The Americans. 

The gang started out as a criminal street gang mostly involved in drug distribution. After the distribution network grew, it evolved into a structured criminal organisation unit.