Members of the Boko Haram gang in Khayelitsha broke away at some point and formed another gang, The Guptas. These two rival gangs have been responsible for extreme violence in areas across Cape Town.

This is according to a Western Cape High Court judgment, delivered last week, that elaborates on the reach of, and dangers associated with, Boko Haram and The Guptas.

The Daily Maverick reports that the judgment is based on a mass shooting that took place in Khayelitsha in March 2020 – seven people were killed and seven others, including a child aged six, were wounded.

The Boko Haram gang has previously been flagged as active in Tshwane, where its members were believed to have infiltrated the ANC.

About two years ago, the SAPS arrested suspected Boko Haram members in Gauteng ‘after business people in and around Mamelodi alleged that they were forced to pay monies to the suspects in exchange for some kind of ‘protection’ for themselves and their businesses.’ 

The DM notes that last week’s judgment provides more details about Boko Haram, and the rival Guptas, and their activities.

‘Both gangs were extortionists of business people in general, but especially targeting Somali businessmen in the townships of the Western Cape,’ Judge Daniel Thulare noted in the judgment.

He convicted Gcinithemba Beja and Fundile Maseti, for the March 2020 Khayelitsha massacre.

It is Thulare’s second judgment in just over a year that suggests such corruption within police ranks.

In October 2022, in a ruling linked to another gang case, he said that 28s gangsters may have infiltrated the Western Cape’s police service, including its management structure, and possibly had access to crime-fighting strategies.

Western Cape police spokesperson Captain Frederick van Wyk told DM that officers were aware of Thulare’s judgment from last week.

However, he said, ‘no official complaint (was) received in respect of the conduct of any police officer from Khayelitsha SAPS, nor have any been identified by the courts or the witness’.

Full Daily Maverick report