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Death threats have forced the justice minister in South Africa to flee his home in a Cape Town neighbourhood where gangs and anti-drug vigilantes are at war. Ministry spokesman Paul Setsetse said yesterday that Justice Minister Dullah Omar and his family moved to an undisclosed location earlier this week. Mr Setsetse refused to say whether the threats came from gang members or from supporters of People Against Gangsterism and Drugs (Pagad) movement. Pagad has denied that it made any threats against the minister.

Tension has been mounting in Cape Town's impoverished, mixed-race suburbs since masked Pagad members shot and burned to death the leader of the Hard Living Kids gang, Rashaad Staggie, in front of his house on 4 August. The gangs have sworn vengeance, and one Pagad member has been gunned down. AP - Capetown

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