Western Cape Community Safety MEC Reagan Allen said he was angered by the latest mass shooting incidents in Cape Town and said he wants the alleged suspects to be arrested speedily.
ALLEN ANGERED BY SHOOTINGS
Allen said the terror that took hold of Khayelitsha and Manenberg between Sunday and Monday has no place in society and must be brought to an end. “I want these perpetrators found and arrested speedily.”
On Monday morning, the South African Police Service (SAPS) confirmed that three siblings – two men and a woman – were shot and killed in Ekuphumleni, Khayelitsha, just after 20:00.
“It is alleged that two armed men in dark clothes stormed the home at 20:10 and fired several shots,” said Brigadier Novela Potelwa.
The police’s preliminary investigations revealed that the victims were siblings. All three of them were in their fifties.
The Ekuphumleni shooting is one of several to hit Khayelitsha this year. Allen said these shootings cannot continue unabated and added that flare-ups of gang-related shootings in Manenberg “are of a deep concern.”
The police said six people were shot and wounded on Duinefontein Road, Manenberg at approximately 6:15 on Monday morning.
The suspect allegedly opened fire on two women – aged 50 and 52 – and four men – aged between 35 and 58 – before fleeing the scene on foot.
“My plea to the community is to assist SAPS and law enforcement by providing any leads they might have so that these perpetrators can be arrested. We must ensure they face the full might of the law.
“The days of gangsters running around like they own the place and terrorising our residents are over,” said Community Safety MEC.
Allen asked residents not to lose hope and said the provincial government would petition the national government for additional policing resources.
The MEC recently replaced sexual abuse-accused Albert Fritz as the permanent Community Safety head after Premier Alan Winder shuffled the Western Cape government cabinet.