Godfather of garbage
“Prince Colum”, the notorious underworld gang member who was killed by an unidentified group in April, was considered as a Godfather by the residents of the area surrounding the Bloemendhal garbage dump.
On a visit to the area by The Sunday Times FT the residents lamented the killing of the underworld kingpin and said that there is no one to take care of them since his death.
Informed sources said Prince Colum was allegedly involved with several high profile murders and extortion rackets and also controlled the garbage mafia in the area after he ousted ‘Thel Bala’ who was controlling the garbage mafia before him.
Prince was a modern day Robin Hood who apparently helped the poor people in the area by providing them with food and solving their disputes.
He had also bought the material that was scavenged by people from the dump. “Since his death no other underworld figure who wields as much power has come through as yet and the garbage business has become a free for all,” a source, who declined to be named, said.