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Tutu Foundation calls for peace amid fears of gang warfare in Cape Town

By: stagedoorscribbler - December 23, 2019

Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Photograph by Hattie Miles

As tensions rise on the streets of Cape Town following the murder of gang boss Rashied Staggie, Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s foundation has made a plea for peace.
Friends of the victim - once one of the most feared gangsters in the Cape - have already called for no retaliation.
Now the Desmond and Leah Tutu Foundation has asked that citizens to do all they can to foster peace during the festive season.
The plea comes following a spike in high-profile gang assassinations in Cape Town. Staggie was gunned down in front of his home a little over a week ago and its feared that his death could spark a deadly chain reaction.
The Tutu Foundation believes citizens and community organisations are vital in helping rid the city of its gang driven conflicts.
It is a long-term strategy. It is already five years since  Desmond Tutu described a surge in gang-related violence as “an abomination and a severe indictment on the state of progress in South Africa 20 years after the advent of democracy”.
It says that the ongoing campaign to free communities of gang-violence has to  be led by the state at all administrative levels.