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19,866. He pulled off the most daring crime spree in South African history. A top cop turns into the country’s most celebrated criminal. (Gangstas: South Africa & South Africa & Banks & Heists) Masterminds: The Stander Gang
19,867. 1983 ... The Trust Bank: three strange-looking men walked in cool as ice; it was a hold-up. (Gangstas: South Africa & South Africa & Banks & Heists) ibid.
19,868. As police gathered clues at the Trust Bank they were completely unaware that a second bank robbery was taking place just a few streets over. And there was more to come: as police raced to the second robbery yet a third was being committed just around the corner. As they arrived too late for the third, around the corner was a fourth. Authorities had never seen anything like it before. And this was just the beginning. In one summer the gang hit over twenty banks. (Gangstas: South Africa & South Africa & Banks & Heists) ibid.
19,869. He started hating everything the police stood for. So, as authorities continued to suppress the blacks, Stander secretly began fleecing the whites. (Gangstas: South Africa & South Africa & Heists) ibid.
19,870. In August 1980 Andre Stander was found guilty of twenty-eight charges. (Gangstas: South Africa & South Africa & Heists) ibid.
19,871. The whole gang was now out and on the run. (Gangstas: South Africa & South Africa & Heists) ibid.
19,872. They prepared for the biggest crime spree South Africa had ever seen. (Gangstas: South Africa & South Africa & Heists) ibid.
19,873. Stander lunged for his pistol. But it was hopeless. He was shot three times. He died instantly. (Gangstas: South Africa & South Africa) ibid.
19,874. It was an amazing story, amazing part of South African criminal history. Mike Cohen, biographer
95,556. Two distinct but related gang cultures – one, known as ‘The Number’ was found throughout the coloured and black inmates of South Africa's prisons. The other lay in the coloured and black townships. (South Africa & Gangstas) Misha Glenny, McMafia
95,557. Nowhere were the gangs more powerful than in the coloured townships of Cape Town. (South Africa & Gangstas) ibid.
95,560. As apartheid began to crumble in the late 1980s and early 1990s the opportunities for the bosses stated to grow rapidly. Two supergangs emerged in the Cape Flats: The Americans led by Jackie Lonti, and later in opposition to them came The Firm (a carefully planned amalgam of several gangs excluded by the Americans). (South Africa & Gangstas) ibid.
95,562. By the late 1990s, some 15,000 cars and 5,000 vans and trucks were hijacked annually in South Africa, while another 100,000 were stolen while unattended. (South Africa & Gangstas & Cars) ibid.
95,563. With his considerable financial clout, Bout bought up Mafeking airport just south of the Boswana border, lock, stock and barrel, installing mechanics and administrators there and even paying the salaries of immigration officers. This was a key hub in the dispatch of weapons to other southern African countries, from where the planes would return with a payload of minerals and even commodities like rare fish and gladioli (for sale in the United Arab Emirates). (South Africa & Gangstas & Guns & Weapons) ibid.
110,146. I’ve come to one of the world’s most violent places to meet on the world’s most violent gangs. Each moment brings me closer to an infamous brotherhood who rules through fear and terror … The Numbers Gangs. Ross Kemp on Gangs: Cape Town, Sky 1 2017
110,147. The Number has a pseudo-military hierarchy. ibid.
110,148. The smells, sights and sounds are overwhelming. ibid.
110,149. The Number comprise three gangs: the 26s, 27s and the 28s. ibid.
110,150. The [prison] authorities separate gang and non-gang prisoners. ibid.
110,151. There were now 130 street gangs on the Cape Flats. ibid.
110,152. ‘When we went to school every one of us had a dream.’ ibid.
98,302. Across the land two gangs have been at war for a hundred years. They are called the Numbers Gangs. 28 vs 26. In prisons and on the streets they speak a secret language. They live and die by strict rules like enemies on a chess board. (GBH Films & Gangstas: South Africa) Four Corners 2013 starring Brendon Daniels & Lindiwe Matshikiza & Irshaad Ally & Adburagman Adams & Jezriel Skei & Jerry Mofokeng & Israel Makoe et al, director Ian Gabriel
98,303. The only way to defend your Number is with blood. There’s plenty ways to get in. There’s no way out. (GBH Films & Gangstas: South Africa) ibid.
97,381. Cape Town South Africa 2013 … ‘We know that this Stan is a Tik dealer.’ (GBH Films & Gangstas: South Africa) Zulu 2013 starring Forest Whitaker & Orlando Bloom & Tanya van Graan & Natasha Loring & Sven Ruygrok & Adrian Galley & Conrad Kemp & Roxanne Prentice & Tinarie van Wky Loots & Dean Slater & Kelsey Egan & Khulu Skenjana et al, director Jerome Salle, Whitaker as rozzer