Rashied Staggie: Former Hard L

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Rashied Staggie: Former Hard Livings gang leader shot dead

The former leader of the Hard Livings gang Rashied Staggie died in a hail of bullets in Salt River, Cape Town.

Rashied Staggie: Former Hard L

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Former Hard Livings gang leader, Rashied 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, Salt River, when he was shot through the windscreen several times. 

Detectives probe murder

Western Cape SAPS said police forensic experts are on the scene of a shooting incident where a 58-year-old man was shot and seriously wounded in London Road, Salt River. 

“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. 

Rashied Staggie murder scene

Photographs show several bullet holes in the windscreen of the silver Toyota Yaris sedan.

Who is Rashied Staggie? 

Rashied was born in the Cape Town Suburb of Mooirivier in 1956. The Group Areas Act created 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, according to Wikipedia.

Rashied’s family were moved to Mannenberg, 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 convictions

By the 1990s the twins were notorious gang leaders and their gang, the Hard Livings had members all around the Cape Peninsula. The Hard Livings gang participated in a range of crimes such as 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.

The Hard Livings gang 

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.

Same fate for twin brother murdered in 1996

Staggie’s twin brother, Rashaad Staggie, was leader of the Hard Livings gang in 1996 when he was killed after being shot and burnt alive in Salt River, Cape Town – allegedly by members of the vigilante group People Against Gangsterism and Drugs (Pagad). 

UPDATE: A tweet from Etv, hours after Rashied’s death read: “JUST IN: The Staggie family has confirmed that Rashied Staggie’s son, Abdullah Taliep Boonzaier, has also been shot and killed.”