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Alleged Dixie Boys gang leader Ryan ‘Swaggy’ Swartz killed in Cape Town

Alleged leader of a Cape Town gang Ryan "Swaggy" Swartz has been shot dead.


Alleged leader of a Cape Town gang Ryan “Swaggy” Swartz has been shot dead.

  • Ryan ‘Swaggy’ Swartz was shot in the right shoulder and died at 11:00 in Bonteheuwel on Saturday. 
  • He was allegedly the leader of the Dixie Boys gang, and his death has sparked fears of a ‘war’ with gang rivals the Hard Livings.
  • Western Cape police said preliminary investigations indicate the shooting was gang-related.

Alleged leader of a Cape Town gang Ryan “Swaggy” Swartz has been shot dead. 

The 38-year-old died after he was shot in the right shoulder at 11:00 on Saturday in Bonteheuwel.

The incident has sparked fears of re-igniting a war between rival gangs the Hard Livings and the Dixie Boys.

It is alleged that Swartz was a leader of Dixie Boys.

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Western Cape police said preliminary investigations indicate that the shooting is gang-related.

City of Cape Town councillor Angus Mckenzie said he fears that the shooting will resuscitate rivalry between the Hard Livings and the Dixie Boys.

Mckenzie has called on eyewitnesses to inform the police about the incident in order to maintain peace in the area.

“I have met with law enforcement agencies and briefed them on the need to step up patrols in the area and ensure that no stone is left unturned in arresting the culprits,” said Mckenzie.

Alleged Dixi Boys gang leader Ryan Swaggy Swartz w

Alleged Dixi Boys gang leader Ryan Swaggy Swartz was shot dead in Cape town on Saturday morning. Photo: Supplied.

He said it was critical that those who witnessed the shooting provide the necessary information to the police, and that the investigating officers and SAPS, “… not just handle the matter discreetly,” said Mckenzie.

He said the threat of retaliation shootings is extremely high, and residents are requested to be highly vigilant and cautious.

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Mckenzie added that those who can provide helpful information [to solve the case], can use the confidential tip-offline or contact 021 480 7700.

Western Cape police spokesperson Brigadier Novela Potelwa said while circumstances of the shooting are under investigation, “… preliminary indications suggest that the shooting is gang-related and SAPS investigators are pursuing several leads.”

Potelwa said a case of murder had been opened.

Crime scene where Ryan Swaggy Swartz was killed in

Crime scene where Ryan Swaggy Swartz was killed in Bonteheuwel on saturday morning. Pic: Supplied

She added: “Police in the Western Cape continue to monitor several crime hotspots including the area where the shooting incident occurred in an effort to ensure safety in the various communities.

“Details of police deployments and interventions constitute operational information hence they cannot be discussed in the public domain. Members of the community with information about planned criminal acts are advised to share it with police.”


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