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Cape Town housing ‘mediator’ interdicted from accessing buildings, making threats

Cape Town housing ‘mediator’ interdicted from accessing buildings, making threats
Riaan Koeberg of Group 4 (right) has been interdicted from threatening City of Cape Town staff. (Screengrab: TikTok)

The City of Cape Town has obtained a high court order against a housing organisation leader who allegedly threatened its staff. This is the latest development in the City's saga involving suspicions of gang infiltration and officials being targeted.

The final order was spotted at the weekend displayed on the entrance to a municipal building in the Cape Town suburb of Pinelands, as well as in the city centre.

According to its contents, a laminated copy must be posted at the entrances to all the City’s municipal buildings for a month, meaning it is meant to be displayed as such until around 23 February.

Intimidation, harassment, assault

The order (see below)  is against Riaan Koeberg and Group 4 Developers (G4D), described on its Facebook page as “a non-political community housing organisation,” as well as members and associates of that group.

Koeberg styles himself as taking a stand for residents living in historically poorer Cape Town suburbs in need of housing and improved related services.

He previously warned the City’s human settlements staff, in a video posted on social media last year, that if they entered the Cape Town suburb of Mitchells Plain, there was no guarantee they would leave alive.

The order, granted in the Western Cape High Court and dated 23 January, says Koeberg and G4D “are interdicted and restrained from” entering a municipal building without authorisation.

They also may not obstruct the entrances and exits of any municipal building or unlawfully demonstrate — as in protest — within 200 metres of those.

The order banned Koeberg and G4D from “intimidating, threatening, harassing or assaulting” any City of Cape Town officials or members of the public using municipal buildings.

They may not incite violence.

‘Something to hide’

On Monday, 12 February 2024, Koeberg confirmed to Daily Maverick that the City had obtained a court order preventing him “from having any illegal marches and entering any government building without appointment.”

But he said it would not affect all of G4D’s activities.

“G4D will continue with fighting for the people,” Koeberg said.

“This is no setback. When people act like that, they always have something to hide.”

Koeberg also said a big march was being planned for next month.

He and G4D have previously been reported on several times in connection with housing issues in Cape Town.

In a video uploaded to the People’s Post Instagram account more than three months ago, Koeberg spoke about interdicts against G4D, which he referred to as G4, saying he was accused of threatening ward councillors and government staff, but that it had never happened.

The People’s Post also reported in November that the City obtained an interdict involving land grabbers and a sports field in Mitchells Plain which G4D had targeted

At the time, Koeberg had said that action was to try and tackle the “housing crisis.”

Security breach

Other issues linked to Koeberg publicly surfaced in November.

The Sunday Times had reported that Koeberg said that he acted as mediator for alleged 28s boss Ralph Stanfield in terms of several housing developments.

“Koeberg described Stanfield as a legitimate businessman and said he had previously communicated to Hill-Lewis that the city should consider giving subcontracts to his companies,” it reported.

“He said he then approached Stanfield in the ‘interests of the community’ so that housing projects — some of which were halted owing to shootings at construction sites aimed at intimidating contractors — could be completed by Stanfield’s companies.”

On Monday evening, 12 February, Koeberg denied all that to Daily Maverick, saying linking him to any gang put his life in danger.

Meanwhile, the Sunday Times had also reported that a year ago, in February 2023, an incident allegedly happened that became the subject of a police investigation.

The article stated: “Stanfield’s sidekicks allegedly unlawfully entered the mayoral office complex in broad daylight, demanding of human settlements department official Xolani Joja that all municipal construction projects be handed over to Glomix”.

Read more in Daily Maverick: About time — Cape Town’s business blacklisting highlights history of gang suspicions amid reputational risk

Daily Maverick previously reported that Stanfield’s wife Nicole Johnson was the director of the company, Glomix House Brokers, which was contracted to build houses for the City.

However, late last year, it emerged the City had blacklisted seven companies linked to Johnson.

Read more in Daily Maverick: ‘I want to empty a gun in his head’ – chilling affidavit about alleged 28s gang boss Ralph Stanfield’s ‘plans’

That happened after Stanfield and Johnson were arrested in September last year in connection with other alleged crimes (not linked to City housing) including car theft, and in Stanfield’s case, attempted murder.

Meanwhile, according to the Sunday Times article from November last year, following the incident that allegedly happened at Joja’s office in February, Koeberg had later confronted Joja during a protest in Mitchells Plain.

Ralph Stanfield and his wife Nicole

Ralph Stanfield and his wife Nicole Johnson are seen at the Cape Town Regional Court on 16 September, 2023 in Cape Town. (Photo: Gallo Images / Die Burger/Jaco Marais)

‘Don’t mess with us’

A video of this incident, dated July last year, was posted on G4D’s Facebook page and TikTok account.

@group_4_developers♬ original sound – GROUP 4 DEVELOPERS

In it, Koeberg asks Joja if he looks familiar and says: “I was the one barging into your office unannounced without any appointment”.

Koeberg then turns to the device filming him and addresses Cape Town Mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis.

He says: “I want to tell the Mayor today, don’t mess with us… If I ever see you ever stepping foot into Mitchells Plain as the mayor, you will see what will happen to you.”

At another point in the video, Koeberg effectively says politicians are taking residents for fools and warns the City’s human settlements staff that “if they ever set foot in Mitchells Plain there is not a guarantee that they will go out here alive”.

Koeberg also explains he was the one who barged into Joja’s office and that he had warned him about (now former) City official Malusi Booi.

Raid and a resignation 

In March last year, Booi was fired as mayoral committee member for human settlements after his City of Cape Town office was raided during a fraud and corruption investigation.

Daily Maverick can reveal that on the search warrant for that raid, flagged issues include the words “Group 4” and “Group Four,” which could be reference to G4D.

Read more in Daily Maverick: SAPS investigating allegations Cape Town mayco member Malusi Booi ‘took cash from gangsters’

Stanfield’s name also surfaced in that investigation, which dealt with whether Booi had accepted cash from underworld figures in exchange for information about housing tenders.

Booi was not criminally charged and at the end of October last year, he resigned as a councillor, saying he wanted to get on with his life and clear his name.

There are other serious issues linked to this overall scandal.

Murder and investigation

In February last year, the same month that figures barged into Joja’s office, City official Wendy Kloppers was murdered in the suburb of Delft at the Symphony Way Housing Project building site.

At the end of last year, in an interview with IOL, City Manager Lungelo Mbandazayo had said Kloppers was killed after the City refused to give in to the demands of gangsters demanding work from contractors at a housing project.

Following her murder an investigation was launched into construction-related tenders.

Read more in Daily Maverick: SAPS, City of CT scandals ‘linked’ to Ralph Stanfield investigations grow

In the IOL article, Mbandazayo was quoted as saying: “The investigation also saw some of the officials from the Human Settlements Department being suspended and others are attending disciplinary hearings.

“They were even tailor-making tenders before they went out so those same companies could easily apply and be granted those tenders.”

Last month Daily Maverick reported that the City, without going into detail, confirmed its public housing director, Siphokazi September, had been dismissed.

Two other staff members had also been suspended for serious misconduct. DM

This article has been updated to reflect additional comments received from Riaan Koeberg.


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  • Jim F. says:

    Can we crowdfund a pest elimination contract with Rentokil?

  • Ben Harper says:

    Never negotiate with criminals and terrorists

  • Iam Fedup says:

    While the days of detention without trial were abhorrent, in this case the evidence is extremely clear about the direct threats. It’s not innuendo. Bullies and fools like this should be immediately taken off the streets. But I forget we are dealing with an indecisive DA leadership.

    • Ben Harper says:

      How exactly are they indecisive? They have taken whatever legal action they can, the SAPS are handling the murder investigation and it is up to them to find and prosecute the offender, alas seeing as many of SAPS are corrupt goons in the pockets of the gangsters and anc, one can expect the investigation to go nowhere. They can only lay criminal charges if they have evidence of criminal activity, alas again, the SAPS are relied on to get the evidence in most cases so again I ask, how are the DA indecisive in this matter?

      • Roger Sheppard says:

        Stop making yourself fed-up! A collective attempt, from national govt levels down, and then including maverick contributors to the alternate press, all contribute to a massive disinformation about the DA. There is a document out, you will find it on DA site, which explains the 4 levels of administrative powers, nation-wide, viz all a part of the mob-led ANC’s stated aim of controlling every aspect of a Saffer’s life.
        National government – provincial government – district government – municipal government. Look it up and see how little authority a municipality really has! Then look carefully at the DECISIONS Cape Town Mayor made and executed to get trains back on track, an authority he actually does not have, yet, he and council made a decision – which in reality needed a whole bunch of decisions, consequently – and acted on it.
        There are many more examples.
        Change your mind by reading wider, or remain fed-up dear citizen!

    • Fanie Rajesh Ngabiso says:

      Comments like this are just scary: in both naivete and pointless destructive impact.

  • Fanie Rajesh Ngabiso says:

    Law and order.

    It must be enforced, and hard.

  • Geoff Coles says:

    Dr Who…… Eliminate, eliminate, eliminate !

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