Orange Farm murders

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Police launch probe into deadly Gugulethu shooting

Gugulethu is one of several crime hotspots in Cape Town. The circumstances surrounding the deadly shooting are still unclear

Orange Farm murders

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The South African Police Service (SAPS) in the Western Cape is set to investigate the killing of seven people in Gugulethu, Cape Town. The victims, three women and four men were gunned down by unknown assailants on the afternoon of Monday, 2 November 2020.

Two other people managed to survive the attack and have been taken to hospital.

Organised crime detectives and crime scene specialists who were called to the bloody scene spent the hours subsequent to the crime, going through the area with a fine toothcomb, in an attempt to find clues which could lead them to a suspect.

“Reports on the scene indicate that gunmen in a vehicle stopped at a residence in NY 78 and fired a number of shots killing three women and four men. Two other people were injured and taken to a medical facility for treatment. Organised crime investigators are investigating a crime of murder, attempted murder cases,”

SAPS provincial spokesperson Novela Potelwa

Several mass shootings reported in recent months

At this point, the motive of the shooting is not yet clear. No arrests have been made yet.

A video clip of the grisly scene shows the bodies lying in a pool of blood inside the home. The contents of the clip are far too graphic to be shared.

The Western Cape has seen a number of mass shootings in recent months, most notably in Joe Slovo, Khayelitsha, Hanover Park, Philippi and Nyanga.

The MEC for Community Safety Albert Fritz has expressed outrage over the scourge and met with Provincial Police Commissioner Yolisa Matakata for a way forward.

“Gangsters and criminal elements cannot be allowed to continue exploiting and terrorizing our communities as we have seen”, Fritz said.

Gugulethu is one of several areas in the province which have been plagued by gang violence, an issue Police Minister Bheki Cele has long maintained is being addressed.