Crack down on construction mafias, SIU reclaims R63 billion worth of projects

A major breakthrough in this battle came with the arrest of alleged 28s gang boss Ralph Stanfield and his wife, Nicole Johnson.

The National Priority Committee on Extortion and Violence at Economic Sites, the South African Police Service (SAPS), and the Integrated Building and Construction Forum (IBACF) have joined forces to crack down on criminal activities in the construction sector. File Picture

The National Priority Committee on Extortion and Violence at Economic Sites, the South African Police Service (SAPS), and the Integrated Building and Construction Forum (IBACF) have joined forces in an effort to crack down on criminal activities.

In a bold strike against

The lead-up to 2022 saw the cancellation or delay of projects totalling R63 billion, dealing a severe blow to national development initiatives.

This collaborative effort has signalled a turning point in the fight against extortion tactics, restoring hope for the revival of critical projects, the Special Investigating Unit reported.

A major breakthrough in this battle came with the arrest of an alleged 28s gang boss, Ralph Stanfield, and his wife, Nicole Johnson.

This arrest followed a series of alleged acts of intimidation and violence in Cape Town, leading several construction contractors to abandon government housing construction sites.

In a surprising turn of events, the Western Cape Government’s Human Settlements Department awarded the contracts to Glomix House Brokers, Johnson’s company, to complete the abandoned projects.

To ensure transparency and community involvement, the IBACF has called for more proactive engagement with residents. IBACF urged communities to stay informed about ongoing projects in their areas, identify opportunities for legitimate subcontractors and workers, and report any criminal actions, including threats of violence or extortion, through various channels.

This included reporting criminal actions to local SAPS stations, dialling the toll-free National Anti-Corruption Hotline at 080-070-1701, contacting the Presidential Hotline at 17737, or via email at [email protected].

Communities can also use the SIU Hotline at 080-003-7774.

As SAPS continues to report back on arrests and convictions, the SIU issued a stern warning to those engaging in illegal activities within the construction sector.

“Consequences await those who jeopardise the progress of legitimate projects and work opportunities. The IBACF thanks the whistle-blowers and law enforcement agencies for their bravery and tremendous efforts in tackling these criminal matters,” the SIU said.

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