Wynberg mosque shooting

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Police breakthrough: Suspect arrested after Wynberg mosque shooting

Cape Town Anti-Gang Unit Detectives arrested a suspect in connection with the fatal shooting outside a Wynberg mosque on Friday.

Wynberg mosque shooting

Photo: File.

The police in the Western Cape made a breakthrough arrest on Monday, 11 October, when Anti-Gang Unit Detectives apprehended a suspect they believe is connected to the fatal shooting outside a mosque in Wynberg on Friday, 8 October. A 29-year-old man died at the scene and two others were injured, the incident was reportedly related to gang violence.


South African Police Service (SAPS) spokesperson Warrant Officer Joseph Swartbooi said a 32-year-old man was arrested on charges of murder and attempted murder in the early hours of Monday morning.

“In the early hours of this morning Anti-Gang Unit detectives conducted a tracing operation which led them to an address in Heideveld where the suspect was arrested,” said Swartbooi.

The suspect is expected to make an appearance before the Wynberg Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday, 13 October.

On Friday, at approximately 14:00, the police responded to a shooting incident outside a mosque in Mars Street, Wynberg, where a 29-year-old man was shot and killed and two other men were wounded.

The victims are reportedly high-ranking members of the Americans gang in Cape Town and are known in communities, including Athlone, Heideveld and Bonteheuwel, according to the Weekend Argus.

The Deputy President of the Muslim Judicial Council (MJC) Sheikh Riad Fataar also said there were allegations that the shooting incident outside the mosque was gang-related on Friday.