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Gay Massacre – South Africa

C-Point in Cape Town has become gang land in recent years. Gangsters and other criminal syndicates have reportedly come into the area and made it their own. Jeremy Veary is a former Head of the Police Anti-Gang Task Team. He tells this documentary that C-Point is run by two major gangs. One is the ‘26s” which is largely American the other is “28s’ largely constituted by blacks. Each gang claims to own the area in which they operate. Anyone who lives or operates a business within their sphere of operation must do so at their terms, Jeremy tells this documentary.
In the day, C-Point hardly looks like gang-land. But recently under the cover of darkness, as this documentary reveals, the mother of all gangland killing took place. Sizzlers is a gay Massage Parlor on Graham Road, where young men also trade in sex with men. Anneliese Burges informs this documentary that the gang killed 7 sex workers a client and the owner. Their throats had been slit and they had been shot execution style. The events of the fateful night have triggered speculation fear and conspiracy theories.
This documentary’s special assignments team attempts to discover who killed the innocent boys and why. Jeremy Veary says gang attacks like the kind that was visited on Sizzlers victims are common in the northern part of the Cape Province. Irvin Kinnis, a gang expert agrees too. As filmed in this documentary, Cape Town is the gay capital of South Africa. It is dotted and lined with gay clubs and massage parlors and male sex workers. So Sizzlers was nothing exceptional in this locality.
Abe’ Bush was a masseur who started working at Sizzlers at 17. Bush says Sizzlers was famous for its young good looking men. He tells this documentary that most of their clientele was married men who would just come in to relax and have some good time. He adds drugs were not allowed in the premise but clients would use them outside the parlor. Initial reports suggested that the killers came to the parlor looking for two young men named Maruaan and Steve. Around the time of this murder, this documentary has learnt a gang also asked around town for Maruaan and Steve at gay clubs and strip joints. Maruaan speaking to this documentary denies involvement in drug trafficking. It is speculated he was involved in a drug deal with Nigerian drug lords and had absconded pay and that this was the reason the gang was looking for him. Hours after the attack it was blamed on 4 white guys riding in a white BMW. But another version is coming out and this street version has spread fast.
The eye witness who saw the attackers was too scared to be interviewed by this documentary but he has recorded a statement with the police. According to him, the attackers came in 2 cars and the 8 of them were not white. Juan-Duval Uys is the head of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance. Speaking to this documentary he says on the night of the attack he made a call to Sizzlers. On the other end he could only hear heavy breathing and then the phone went silent. He was also one of the first on the scene and in the morgue to identify the bodies of victims. He says the victims were lined up and tied in a manner that suggested they were made to pray before being shot. He also says on the victims’ hands is evidence of the use of force to remove some tape implanted under the skin. Juan-Duval says some of the victims were still lying with their eyes open after the execution. Alison and Peter Fleishman are the parents of Travis, a victim of the blood bath. His mother tells this documentary she is traumatized by the horrific images of their son’s mutilated body.
Sizzlers owner Aubrey, also known as Eric was the first to be laid to rest. To his family and friends he was a loving person. But some accuse him of exploiting desperate young boys. Abe’ Bush says in this documentary that there would be times when the phone would ring but there would not be anyone speaking on the other side. He agrees they were threatened from time to time. In Theunissen 17 year old Stephanus Fouche (also known as Ryan) was laid to rest. He had gone to Cape Town to try his luck. He was his parents’ only child. Abe’ Bush says they both lied about their age so they could get the job they desperately needed.
Jeremy Veary helps this documentary to understand who would have slit the boys’ throats and shot them at pointblank range. Both Jeremy and Irvin Kinnis agree that the methodology of slaughter that was employed in the killing is consistent with the pattern of other Cape Town gang murders and is a lead to the identity of the gang. On May 3rd 1998 6 suspected drug dealers were murdered in a similar fashion in the Western Cape. They were all shot at point blank range.
Since the 90s gangs have transferred from the traditional area of Cape Flats to more lucrative parts of the city. They now prefer C-Point. Anneliese Burges tells this documentary that the ‘26s’ and the ‘28s’now control different sections of C-Point. Jeremy Veary informs this documentary that both gangs are involved in prostitution and the street sale of cocaine and other drugs. In gang logic every business operating here does so at their terms as Jeremy puts it.
Abrham smith is a former Narcotics Bureau Officer. He takes this documentary’s crew on a night drive in the streets of C-Point to help us understand the nightmare faced by hotels, restaurants and the multi-million real estate in C-Point. In this documentary Smith calls C-Point a spring board for organized crime. The footage speaks for itself. A few moments into the drive they encounter some female sex workers. Smith says the women operate under instructions from local gang groups. A few moments later they are openly approached by a Nigerian who offers them cocaine. Smith buys his drugs and instructs the driver to speed off. They could easily be attacked. Jeremy Veary says there are Nigerians whose trade is selling drugs to the Americans and to the ‘28s’. Smith informs this documentary that the gangs who operate in C-Point have actually used extortion to ‘buy’ property in the area. Jeremy confirms most gangs live in good houses.
Jeremy explains to this documentary that the brutal killings in the gang world are common acts. These are carried out to comply with certain code of conduct, for instance, to correct certain ‘wrongs’ like when one gang intrudes into another’s territory. Irvin agrees. He tells this documentary that while to the rest of the world such killings are senseless, to the gangs it sends specific message. Jeremy says the Sizzlers massacre fits the pattern of the ‘28s’ ritual killing. Seen in the documentary is footage of another ‘28s’ massacre. The blood bath is strikingly similar to the Sizzlers attack. Three people were mowed down and police subsequently blamed it on the ‘28s’.
Jeremy submits to this documentary that if he was to think like a gangster in the ‘28s’ group, every business that operates in his territory would be seen as earning income that is rightfully his. Although police have not blamed the Sizzlers attack on the ‘28s’, Sizzlers was in their territory. It is not clear whether or not the massage parlor owner failed to pay ‘protection money’ to the gang. It’s also unclear if he or anyone associated with the parlor operated a drug business or did anything to anger the ‘28s’. If any of this happened, Sizzlers should have expected a visit from the gang.

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