The businessman who co-owns Ayepyep Lifestyle with slain musician DJ Sumbody, says he will not be returning to South Africa until alleged 28s gang leader, Ralph Stanfield, is arrested.
According to a local publication, Kagiso Setsetse who fled to Dubai in April – said this in an urgent application filed in the Western Cape High Court in April.
In 2021, Setsetse and the slain Suk’Emabhozeni hitmaker – whose real name was Oupa John Sefoka – opened the second branch of the popular nightclub in Cape Town. The business partners’ first branch is in Menlyn, Pretoria.
However, ever since DJ Sumbody was gunned down in November last year, Setsetse says he has been living in fear as Stanfield has allegedly continued to threaten him, as he reportedly started doing so before the musician’s death.
“[Alleged 28s leader] Ralph Stanfield has threatened me. Knowing his capabilities, I can’t risk [it],” he told the publication.
Last month, he told the Daily Maverick he had informed the investigative officer in DJ Sumbody’s murder case that he will do his interview virtually or in writing.
“The underworld has serious contacts in most authorities’ ranks and they would know I’m in the country, thus putting my life at risk,” he was quoted as saying.
In the court papers, Setsetse disclosed that DJ Sumbody introduced him to Stanfield – who portrayed himself as a family man. The plan was that he would run their security when they opened the Ayepyep branch in Cape Town. He is said to have told them that they would not be able to operate because other gangsters would demand money from them or close them down.
However, business was not rosey between the Ayepyep owners and the alleged gang leader as he insisted on calling the shots. He reportedly brought a security company to ensure safety in the club and insisted that his cousin be appointed as an “administration lady” while his wife, Nicole Johnson, ran the business because Setsetse and DJ Sumbody were in Gauteng.
After a while, the suspected mafia boss allegedly demanded shares and told the owners to issue the share certificate to his mother-in-law, Barbara Johnson. When they refused, Stanfield allegedly threatened to close down the operation and threatened staff.
“He proceeded to show us a video of a story on the news of luxury vehicles being vandalized at a business located in Cape Town for which he claimed that he was responsible,” Setsetse alleged.
The vehicles incident in question is an attack on the Toy Shop in Milnerton. At the time, Stanfield’s cousin was reportedly arrested, however, the charges were later withdrawn.
“We issued the share certificate but decided against it before we could sign or register it at the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission,” Sunday World quoted Setsetse as saying.
Stanfield was reportedly not happy with the shares and demanded all of the club’s ownership. He reportedly would threaten Setsetse and DJ Sumbody by sending them pictures and videos of people being killed.
Last month, Sunday World reported that Setsetse’s court order was to force Stanfield to return all 14 of the club’s speed points as his men were instructed to remove them and replace them with speed points belonging to his wife’s cousin who was receiving all the club’s funds.
In addition, he wanted access to the CCTV camera system which he claims he was disconnected from and for Stanfield to keep a 500 metres distance from him and his company.
The court order, however, favoured Stanfield’s wife as she was instructed to commence her duties as the club’s general manager after Setsetse suspended her. She and Stanfield were ordered to return the speed points and the money made when they were removed should be transferred to the Ayepyep business account.
In addition, Setsetse was interdicted from using the account to make payments not related to Ayepyep Cape Town.
Setsetse said the alleged gang leader told him that he did not fear being arrested or being threatened “because he owns the Hawks and police.”
In July 2017, Stanfield sustained multiple injuries during a drive-by shooting but managed to drive himself to a nearby hospital before he collided with other cars.
Stanfield and Johnson were accused in a criminal case involving allegations that police officers helped create fraudulent competency certificates and firearm licences for suspects who were not entitled to such documentation, the Daily Maverick reported in 2021.
Last month, the Daily Maverick reported about Glomix House Brokers, which Johnson is the director of. The company has reportedly been involved in a number of housing projects across Cape Town, recently building 204 houses in Valhalla Park.
This is in connection with former City of Cape Town human settlements mayoral committee member Malusi Booi, whose office was raided in March this year as it is alleged that he is linked to the so-called construction mafia operating in the city and the irregular awarding of tenders to certain construction companies to build low-cost housing.
Booi was removed from Cape Town’s mayoral committee following a police raid at his offices.
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