Insight: Book extract
Kingpins, thugs & bullets: Caryn Dolley tells REAL Cape Town's nightclub scene story
A new book by Caryn Dolley lays bare the underbelly of Cape Town's nightclub scene - a minefield of kingpins and thugs, rivalry and intimidation. This extract tells the story of Cyril Beeka, who dominated the bouncer racket until he died in a hail bullet
In the late 1980s and early 1990s, the doors to Cape Town nightclubs were guarded by groups of muscle-bound men - the nascent nightclub security industry. It was on this business that a group headed by Cyril Beeka set its sights.
There are so many tales about Beeka that it's difficult to separate fact from fiction, the man from the myth. Aggravating this is that there were (and are) those who loved him, and spoke about him with affection and pride; and those who didn't, and had only disdain for him...