‘Junior Cisko Yakkies’ gang members fail in bid for separate trial.. Three alleged members of a notorious Cape gang have failed in their attempt to be tried separately from their co-accused.
The judgment, handed down earlier this month, dismissing the alleged members of the Junior Cisko Yakkies (JCY) gang’s bid has lifted the lid on the atrocious crimes the syndicate is accused of. Sadiq Williams, Moegamat Alie Smart and Shaline Naidoo are among 14 people on trial at the high court in Cape Town on 101 charges.
According to the state, they unleashed a reign of terror in Lentegeur, Phillipi, Kleinvlei, Nyanga and Mitchells Plain between March 2008 and September 2019. The alleged gang members, who have been jointly charged under the Prevention of Organised Crime Act, apparently had streets, parks and open fields under siege. They also allegedly robbed motorists.
Williams faces an attempted murder charge, possession of an unlicensed firearm and unlawful possession of ammunition. The state alleges that he shot a person in Mitchells Plain in August 2018.
Williams and Smart are also accused of killing Tasriq Attwood in September 2018. Naidoo faces an attempted murder charge and a murder charge. The state accuses him of shooting dead Erwin Human in Mitchells Plain in October 2016.
“In the indictment, [Naidoo] is also charged … for the murder of Wazeem Abrahams on November 2 2016, during which event the state alleges he was in possession of an unlicensed firearm and unlawfully in possession of ammunition,” the judgment reads. “…the state alleges that he attempted to murder Manuel Hamilton by shooting him with the firearm. In the indictment, the state alleged that [the three] and the remainder of the accused were part of a ‘criminal gang’.”
“In the indictment, the state alleges that [Williams, Smart and Naidoo] and the other accused belong to a criminal gang, that has as one of its activities the commission of one or more criminal offences, including the commission of crimes of violence, which includes murders and attempted murders, the illegal possession and use of firearms, drug possession and drug trafficking,” the indictment reads.