Pagad – The Gangster’s Enemy
Film about the Muslim anti-gangster group Pagad (People Against Gangsterism and Drugs) in Western Cape, South Africa.
From Pagad (online):
In the Name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful
Mindful of our duty to the Creator as a Community, and in conformity with:
“You are the best of people evolved for mankind, enjoining what is right,
forbidding what is wrong and believing in the Creator…”
~ Al Quran: Surah 3 Verse 110
Therefore, all those persons who surrender themselves to the will of God are welded into a Community and the Society comes into being. Thus, this is an ideological Society; a Society radically different from those, which arise from accidents or races, colour or country. This Society is the result of a deliberate choice, commitment, effort and sacrifice.
Accordingly, it is the outcome of a contract, which takes place between human beings and their Creator. Those who enter into this contract undertake to recognise and accept God as their Sovereign; His Guidance as Supreme; and His Injunctions as absolute Law. They further undertake to accept, without question, reservation or doubt, His classification of good and bad, right and wrong, the permissible and the prohibited.
In recognition and acceptance hereof, we hereby pledge to honour our Contract with Our Creator…
Gangsterism and Drugs are menaces and should be eradicated!
We all CAN & MUST do something about it!
Let’s organise ourselves and protect our children from the dangers they face every day!
Join other neighbours and establish a PAGAD Branch in your area.
Background Information (from www.sahistory.org):
People Against Gangsterism and Drugs (PAGAD) came into being in 1996 when communities on the Cape Flats, Cape Town decided to form an anti-crime organisation. The aim was to fight the drugs and violence plaguing their area. PAGAD began as a multi-religious organisation, but because its dominant membership was of Muslim people, it became an Islamic front. Later, PAGAD developed anti-government and Western sentiments, as
the organisation believes that the South African government poses a threat to Islamic values. It also aims to create better political representation for South African Muslims.
Due to its controversial vigilante tactics, the organisation has several front names like Muslims Against Global Oppression (MAGO) and Muslims Against Illegitimate Leaders (MAIL) under which it launches anti-
Western campaigns. PAGAD’s military wing is called G-Force, for Gun Force, and functions as small groups or cells. It is believed that G-Force has been responsible for acts of sabotage and violence akin to terrorism.
PAGAD has been implicated in episodes of urban terrorism in Cape Town since 1998, especially 9 different explosions in 2000. The groups attacks synagogues, gay nightclubs, moderate Muslims, tourist attractions and restaurants with Western associations, like the Planet Hollywood bombing in Cape Town on 25 August 1998. PAGAD denied any involvement in the event after subsequent raids on several members’ homes within 20 minutes of the explosion.
The organisation first came into the spotlight in 1996 when members shot and set alight Rashad Staggie, a notorious Cape Flats drug dealer. PAGAD felt that the police were not doing enough to stop drug related crimes in their communities and decided to take matters into their own hands.
Shots were fired at a group of Muslim men who converged on the Staggie residence and some of the vigilantes were wounded. Staggie tried to escape by car, but was prevented from doing so. He was shot and someone threw a firebomb at him and he burst into flames. Police officers doused the fire, but several masked men fired further shots and finally killed Staggie in a widely televised drama. Benny Gool, a photographer at the scene, captured the killing on film and had to go into hiding for fear of attacks from PAGAD. He was also not prepared to turn his footage over to the police. Rashied Staggie, the brother of the executed drug dealer, fled to a safer location, but swore revenge at his brother’s funeral.
It is estimated that PAGAD has several hundred members with G-Force probably consisting of less than 50 people. There are allegations that it has relationships with Middle Eastern fundamentalist groups, as well as with Osama bin Laden.
In 1998 the South African Police launched Operation Saladin, a campaign to curb the rampant vigilantism PAGAD was practicing. Two policemen laid charges of intimidation after they allegedly received death threats as a result of the operation.