Former Hard Livings gang leader Rashied Staggie's parole has been revoked, Correctional Services said on Thursday.
"The department of correctional services… wishes to confirm that offender Staggie, who is on day-parole, was taken back this morning from his employer and is currently incarcerated at the Pollsmoor Correctional Centre," said spokesperson Manelisi Wolela. "We believe he violated his parole conditions."
He said the matter was under investigation and normal procedures and processes would be followed, including his appearance before the Case Management Committee and the Correctional Supervision and Parole Board.
eNCA reported on Thursday that his role in Kenny Kunene and Gayton McKenzie's newly formed Patriotic Alliance is believed to be the reason his parole was revoked. One of his conditions prohibits his association with gangsters, and by joining the party, he inadvertantly associated with gangsters, the TV station reported.
McKenzie is a former prisoner and 26s gangster and is a close associate of Staggie's, and has been meeting with him.
Staggie was sentenced in 2003 to 15 years in prison on charges of kidnapping and rape, and in 2004 he received another 13 years for gun theft from a police armoury. The sentences ran concurrently and he served 11 years before his release on parole in September.
Staggie's release from prison, which police vigorously opposed, sparked fear among Manenberg residents on the Cape Flats. – Additional reporting by Sapa