Alleged gang leader killing sparks fears

On Friday, an alleged Cape gang leader was killed. His car was showered with bullets in Boksburg, Gauteng. Courtesy of #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - Next month will mark one year since Cape Town gang boss, Rashied Staggie, was killed outside his home and still, there have been no arrests.

On Friday, another alleged Cape gang leader was killed in Boksburg, Gauteng.

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As eNCA's Ayesha Ishmail reports, residents of Hawston, where Ernie "Lastig" Solomon lived, say their fishing village is in danger of becoming a battleground for power.

In May, Solomon and his son were shot and injured outside one of his businesses here in Hawston.

While Solomon managed to survive this attack, with five gunshot wounds, on Friday, he was killed while driving in Boksburg.

Solomon was a man with many personas: gang boss, abalone king, mediator, Khoisan leader and even filmmaker.

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Residents of the Hawston seaside village did not want to speak when eNCA visited the area to find out more about his murder.

One resident mumbled something about a family feud and a battle for turf and power, while another broke her silence off-camera.

She described Solomon as the man in charge of the village, saying he had a heart of gold.

She nearly broke down when she said Solomon financially supported those in need, often handed out food, and hired a bus to take the village pensioners to the V&A Waterfront.

When asked where Solomon lived, the locals said he had more than a dozen properties, but that his family had left en masse to Johannesburg to identify his body and to visit his daughter and her baby.

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