WATCH | Hard Livings leader Rashied Staggie shot dead in street where Pagad lynched his twin brother

13 December 2019 - 10:48 By Philani Nombembe, Esa Alexander and Aron Hyman
Hard Livings leader Rashied Staggie after being freed on bail in 2016 on charges of being in possession of stolen whisky and cigars. Staggie was shot in Salt River on December 13 2019.
Hard Livings leader Rashied Staggie after being freed on bail in 2016 on charges of being in possession of stolen whisky and cigars. Staggie was shot in Salt River on December 13 2019.
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Rashied Staggie, former leader of the notorious Hard Livings gang, was shot dead on Friday in the Cape Town suburb of Salt River.

Staggie, 58, was attacked while sitting in a car in the same street where his twin brother, Rashaad, was shot and burned alive by People Against Gangsterism and Drugs (Pagad) demonstrators in 1996.

(Editor's note: Sensitive readers are warned that a graphic photograph of Rashaad Staggie's lynching appears below.)

Staggie's daughter, Ingrid Carolus, appeared outside the gangster's house in London Road about two hours after the shooting screaming: "He's dead, he's dead!"

'He's dead, he's dead!' Rashied Staggie's daughter, Ingrid Carolus, at the scene of the shooting in Salt River on December 13 2019.
'He's dead, he's dead!' Rashied Staggie's daughter, Ingrid Carolus, at the scene of the shooting in Salt River on December 13 2019.
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Police at the scene also said Staggie was killed. "He couldn't have survived, that car is riddled with bullets," one officer said.

A photograph of Staggie receiving medical treatment showed him with a wound to the head. The front of his short-sleeved shirt was soaked in blood.

Rashied Staggie's daughter, Ingrid Carolus, is comforted after the shooting in Salt River on December 13 2019.
Rashied Staggie's daughter, Ingrid Carolus, is comforted after the shooting in Salt River on December 13 2019.
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The gangster was shot outside his home. "The CCTV footage from his house shows two guys approached the car and sprayed him with bullets just after 9am," said a police officer on the scene.

Photographs showed at least 11 bullet holes in the windscreen of the silver Toyota Yaris sedan and one in the bonnet.

Police closed London Road in Salt River after Rashied Staggie was shot there on December 13 2019.
Police closed London Road in Salt River after Rashied Staggie was shot there on December 13 2019.
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Rashied Staggie
Rashied Staggie
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The police source said: "His son then rushed him to hospital hoping that he would survive. Rival gangs have been after his blood for a while. He was also worried about his safety, the cameras at his house are testimony to that."

The police officer said the driver of the vehicle Staggie was sitting in was unscathed. "He got out of the car and ran for cover.

"You can clearly see that they were after Staggie. After the shooting, the man can be seen on the footage walking up the street."

The shooting came hours after Hard Livings leader Ballie Tips was killed with two shots to the head in Westridge, Mitchells Plain, on Thursday evening.

Staggie and other high-ranking Hard Livings members gathered at the scene of Tips' execution, on the corner of Silversands and De Duin roads, while the gangster's body was still there.

The body of Hard Livings leader Ballie Tips in Westridge, Mitchells Plain, after he was shot twice in the head on December 12 2019.
The body of Hard Livings leader Ballie Tips in Westridge, Mitchells Plain, after he was shot twice in the head on December 12 2019.
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Police closed London Road after Friday's shooting as detectives began combing the area for clues. The car in which Staggie was shot was moved to the side of the road.

A neighbour who witnessed the attack said Staggie's death could affect the Cape minstrels celebrations over new year.

Police examine the car in which Rashied Staggie was killed on December 13 2019.
Police examine the car in which Rashied Staggie was killed on December 13 2019.
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The man, who was washing a car a few metres away and asked not to be named, said: "The coons will be affected by this shooting.

"There are many gangsters in the minstrels. People are fighting for drug turfs. I am worried about my son growing up in this community. But generally, Salt River is quiet."

Police spokesperson Brig Novela Potelwa said Staggie died after arriving at Groote Schuur 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," she said.

"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."

Rashaad Staggie was shot and burned to death by Pagad marchers in London Road, Salt River, in 1996.
Rashaad Staggie was shot and burned to death by Pagad marchers in London Road, Salt River, in 1996.
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Rashaad Staggie died at the hands of Pagad marchers outside his house at 20 London Road on August 4, 1996.

Marchers allegedly told paramedics: "Don't treat him, he kills our children." 

A family member, who declined to be named, said on Friday: "It's painful because his twin brother was killed in the same street in the 90s."

At least 12 bullet holes were visible in the car in which Rashied Staggie was attacked in Salt River on December 13 2019.
At least 12 bullet holes were visible in the car in which Rashied Staggie was attacked in Salt River on December 13 2019.
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Rashied Staggie's daughter, Ingrid Carolus, outside the gangster's house in London Road, Salt River, on December 13 2019.
Rashied Staggie's daughter, Ingrid Carolus, outside the gangster's house in London Road, Salt River, on December 13 2019.
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Onlookers gather round the car in which former Hard Livings leader Rashied Staggie was shot on December 13 2019.
Onlookers gather round the car in which former Hard Livings leader Rashied Staggie was shot on December 13 2019.
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