A Gugulethu woman is shocked and disturbed after she received a letter demanding that she must pay protection fees for her to continue working on the street.
In a letter she posted on Facebook, the woman said men who were driving a Toyota Avanza dropped a letter to her and left. The letter stated that if she has questions she must call them.
The terrified woman said she has been trying to work for her family and the threat has left her shaken.
The letter reads: ” Molweni, ndingumhlali walapha eGugulethu running a small business for ulala ndityile nabantwana bam. Namhlanje ndifikwe yi Avanza yandinika le note edemander iprotection fee, kanti sophilaphi nabethuna. Uzebenze nzima ogqiba ushare-rele umntu ongafuni sebenza kula cent uyenzayo, ndibuhlungu kakhulu, ndiyacaphuka”.
Police spokesperson in Cape Town Ndakhe Gwala said the note has been reported to the police.
“This office confirms that Gugulethu police received information about a letter that is circulating on social media. The matter was forwarded to the intelligence team for investigation. No case has been reported yet. Victims can report the incidents at Gugulethu SAPS, anonymously call 08600 10111 or utilize the MySAPS mobile application,” she said.
There have been shootings in Gugulethu that are allegedly linked to protection fee gangs.