Gang violence in Cape Town has escalated to worrying heights. This past weekend was no different than any other day in the Wild Western Cape.
Law enforcement was stretched to its limits, dealing with calls from different parts of the city. We have come across at least four reports of shootings that took place in Cape Town between Friday, 28 June and Sunday, 30 June.
Of these, at least two people have been killed, and a minimum of two victims have suffered serious injuries.
MEC for Community Safety, Albert Fritz, in his recent address, called for more collaborative work from the Metro Police and the SAPS.
“The regular meetings between the metro police and SAPS must be reinstituted. We can’t afford to play little political games,” he said.
Well, the provincial government is running out of time in putting an end to this violence, and if this past weekend’s shootings were anything to go by, then no area — or building — is safe.
While nobody was injured during this incident, it left the community in shock. During a Sunday service at the Salvation Army Church, two armed men disrupted proceedings when they entered the church seeking shelter from a shootout that was apparently taking place outside.
According to the church’s pastor, Sanele Ndlovu, the incident happened right after the service had commenced.
“We were about to start our church service at 9.30am with the shooting continuing, so we had to stop because some of the gangsters ran into our church to hide, so we couldn’t continue with our service,” he revealed.
The pastor explained that shootouts in the area were a regular occurrence and the situation that took place at his church was allegedly a continuation of a gang dispute that broke out on Saturday evening.
Fortunately, nobody was hurt, and according to the police, no arrests have been made.
Cape Town police are investigating the double murder of young males, believed to be in their 20s, who were gunned down at a party in Observatory, on Saturday.
According to police spokesperson, Andre Traut, an unknown number of suspects entered the party that was held at a venue that’s situated on the Groote Schuur Hospital Estate, in Anzio Road, and shot at the males, killing two and injuring another one.
“The motive for the attack was unknown but the possibility that it’s gang-related is not ruled out. No one has been arrested as yet,” Traut revealed.
A security guard was shot at the parking area of Vangate Mall, in Athlone, on Friday. Responding to cries of a victim that was being accosted by two unidentified suspects, the guard tried to intervene the scuffle but got shot in the process.
Fortunately, the guard survived the incident, after he was transported to a nearby medical facility.
“The incident had started in Gatesville and escalated onto the Vangate Mall premises. The security of the mall had then proceeded to intervene to retain safety within and around the mall. The issue has been dealt with and Vangate Mall is fully operational,” the mall’s Centre Management revealed.
The two suspects have been arrested by the police and are expected to appear in court on Monday.