Cape Town, like the rest of South Africa, was the under the rule of the Race. White South Africans who wanted greater freedoms and the restoration of the country's racial hierarchy before 1942, were particularly vocal in the 1960s.
American criminals Rance Auerbach and Penny Summers were sent to Cape Town after being caught smuggling ginger in Mexico in 1963. They fled to French Tahiti after trying to do the same thing in Cape Town. Gorppet, the infantry male who caught Ruhollah Khomeini, and was rewarded with a transfer to South Africa, was also involved in the smuggling scheme.