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Cape Town shootings: Organised crime committee yet to begin work

After yet another mass shooting in Cape Town, provincial law enforcement heads are desperate to get to work on rooting out organised crime.

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Following yet another deadly mass shooting in one of Cape Town’s crime hotspots on Monday 2 November, law enforcement agencies are once again being called on to increase their response to organised crime in the metro. 

Three women and four men were gunned down by unknown assailants in the Gugulethu informal settlement, with a further two people hospitalised with severe wounds, leading provincial steering committee on organised crime to urgently convene and address the surge in such crimes. 

Cape Town shootings revive calls for action  

Western Cape Minister of Community Safety, Albert Fritz, who met with Police Minister Bheki Cele, Deputy Minister Cassel Mathale, National Commissioner General Khaya Sitole and City of Cape Town’s Alderman JP Smith on the extortion of businesses such as bars and restaurants and agreed that a transversal steering committee would be established, said on Tuesday that it is more urgent than ever to address crime in the hotspots. 

“The steering committee has not yet been convened and I urgently call on the National SAPS to convene the steering committee so that it can respond to related incidents,” he said. 

“I have been informed that the Western Cape Organised Crime detectives with other crime scene experts were on the scene combing for clues where seven people were killed and two injured in a shooting. It is noted that the motive of this case remains unclear.”

He expressed “heartfelt condolences to the families of the deceased”. 

“This is a truly traumatic incident which no family should have to endure. I further wish a speedy recovery to those who were injured in the shooting.”

SAPS remain ‘primary crime fighting custodians’  

Fritz said that the South African Police Service (SAPS) remains the primary custodian in fighting and preventing crime, and he called on them to leave no stone unturned in their investigation. 

“I further call on anyone with information on this matter to immediately come forward and report such to their local SAPS station, call Crime Stop on 08600 1011 or use the Tip-off function on the MySAPS cellphone application,” he added. 

“While the motive of this case is unclear, I further call on the transversal steering committee on organised crime to urgently convene and investigate this matter. I have been informed that related reports on extortion or organised crime can be made by calling SAPS on 021 466 0011,” said Fritz.