''Enough is Enough,'' says CoCT, who launched Anti-Extortion Campaign

Eight cases of extortion has been reported by the City of Cape Town in October 2023, alone, and this, says the municipality, are hampering projects.

These include:

·        ACSA Housing Construction (Delft) – Work currently disrupted, with reported cases of attempted murder, murder, and arson

·        Delft select roadworks - Work currently disrupted, with a reported case of murder

·        MyCiti construction site (Spine Road) – Work going ahead after extortion-related delays

·        Beacon Valley housing – Work disrupted, with reported cases of intimidation and arson

·        Lentegeur Pedestrian bridge – Work proceeding following reported cases of theft and intimidation

·        Eastridge high-voltage cable relocation – Work proceeding after disruptions

·        Bishop Lavis roadworks – Work disrupted with reported cases of intimidation

·        Edward Street works (Ottery) – Work proceeding after disruptions


To combat this, the Cape Town Mayor, Geordin Hill-Lewis, launched a new city-wide Anti-Extortion Campaign under the slogan ‘’Enough is Enough! Genoeg is Genoeg! Kwanele!’’, at the construction of new MyCiTi depots in Khayelitsha and Mitchells Plain on Thursday.

Hill-Lewis was joined by Mayoral Committee Member (MMC) for Safety and Security, JP Smith, and MMC for Urban Mobility, Rob Quintas, as well as other Mayoral Committee Members, delegates from the City’s Executive Management Team and local representatives

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The Cape Town Mayor said Interference with multiple contractors and extortion attempts since May have set the project back by several weeks, as part of a broader R60 million in transport project work impacted by extortion delays. Additionally, R110 million human settlements project work has also been impacted in 2023/24 financial year.

‘’Demands for "protection fees" from local extortionists are impeding both basic service delivery and major infrastructure projects. We are determined to prevent disruptions to services by partnering with communities as our eyes and ears to root out local extortionists, and paying out cash rewards for valuable tip-offs leading to arrest and prosecution,’’ said Cape Town Mayor, Geordin Hill-Lewis.

‘’With a record R11bn infrastructure budget in 23/24 – 73% of which will directly benefit lower income households – we have staff and contractors working on the ground more than ever, especially in vulnerable communities impacted by crime. We cannot afford project delays due to criminal activity. That's why the aim of the Enough campaign is to increase public reporting of extortion activity, with specialised City investigators feeding this information into the South African Police Service (SAPS) anti-extortion unit,’’ he added.

As part of the campaign, the City has set up a 24-hour hotline (0800 00 6992) and rewards system to encourage residents to help the City and the authorities to tackle extortion, with billboards set to be rolled out along major routes showing how to report. Reporting can be anonymous.

‘’Law enforcement is also regularly escorting City teams and contractors on request in hotspot areas, and additional project security requirements have been built into project contracts. Our staff and contractors are under instruction to make sure that any extortion attempts are reported to authorities every single time, so that we build a case record and pushback against the criminals harming the interests of communities. Extortion is large-scale organised crime run by well-oiled and very lucrative syndicates. The only way to stand up for ourselves is to stand together against these criminals,’’ said Mayor Hill-Lewis.


Done By: Mitchum George


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