The Americans (gang)

The Americans gang is a large street gang and organized crime group based in Cape Flats area of Cape Town. Like the Hard Livings gang, many smaller gangs throughout the Cape Flats owe allegiance to it. Some of these gangs include the Spoilt Brats, Dollar Kids, Young Americans, and Dixie Boys. It is the largest of the street gangs in Cape Town.[2]

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The flag of the United States is often used as a symbol for the Americans gang. This is in contrast to the British flag that the rival Hard Livings gang uses.
Founding locationCape Flats, Cape Town
TerritoryCape Town
EthnicityCape Coloureds
Membership1500-3000 (unknown number)[1]
Criminal activitiesDrug trafficking, weapon trafficking, prostitution, contract killing, extortion, abalone, poaching, robbery, fraud, money laundering, human trafficking, kidnapping
AlliesNigerian mafia, Triads[1]
RivalsHard Livings and other Cape Town gangs
A large gang tag by the Ugly Americans, a sub-gang of the Americans gang in Cape Town.

The Americans were founded by Jackie Lonte in Belgravia Estate[1], Athlone who was previously a member of the Fancy Boys gang, but then betrayed them by stabbing the gang leader at the time to death. Lonte was assassinated in the late 1990s.[2] Their activities range from drug running and trading, poaching, abalone poaching, protection rackets and prostitution to more legitimate business operations.[3][1]

They are active in most coloured communities of the Cape Flats.[4]

The Americans gang is different from, although related to, other Cape Flats gangs that also use the "American" name such as the Young Americans and Ugly Americans.[5]


  • Ugly Americans
  • Young Americans
  • Americans
  • Dollar Boys
  • Dixie Kids


  1. ^ a b c Joubert, Pearlie (28 August 2007). "Cape gangs: Targeting the untouchables". Daily Maverick.
  2. ^ a b "Who's who in Cape Town's gangland | IOL". Retrieved 2017-03-03.
  3. ^ "Who's who in Cape Town's gangland | IOL". Retrieved 2017-03-03.
  4. ^ "The Cape's youth gangs: Bigger, deeper, more dangerous | Daily Maverick". Retrieved 2017-03-03.
  5. ^ "Business | South African Gangs Adopt Symbols Of U.S. -- `Americans,' In Red, White And Blue, Growing Fast In `Colored' Townships | Seattle Times Newspaper". Retrieved 2017-03-03.