Vernon Jantjies Mitchell's Plain

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Crime in SA: Famous Cape Town lawyer shot dead in alleged “hit”

Vernon Jantjies rose through the ranks of the judiciary system, but met a tragic fate on Sunday. The prominent lawyer was gunned down in Mitchell’s Plain.

Vernon Jantjies Mitchell's Plain

Photo: Yusuf Abramjee / Twitter

Lawyer-turned-magistrate Vernon Jantjies has been confirmed dead on Monday morning, after he was gunned down in Mitchell’s Plain late Sunday night. Our sources are suggesting that this was an organised hit against the advocate, who had made a name for himsef by representing many underworld figures in Cape Town.

Who is Vernon Jantjies?

Despite the controversy, Jantjies proved to be exceptional in his field. He became a magistrate a few years ago, swapping the dock for the gavel. He was a former specialist in criminal cases, including the high-profile Conroy Owies trial. The Tafelsig gangster killed a police detective in 2006, and Vernon Jantjies coordinated his defence.

The incident which claimed the 56-year-old’s life occurred at a petrol station in Mitchell’s Plain. The suburb of Cape Town is infamous for its gang activity, and it has been suggested the advocate was targeted by some powerful enemies. Jantjies was gunned down the BP garage, near the Clock Tower in Lentegeur.

Mitchell’s Plain “hit”: One dead, two injured

Two other people have also been wounded in the attack. It’s understood they are receiving hospital treatment, and the only fatality is that of Vernon Jantjies, who died at the scene.

Brigadier Novela Potelwa is a SAPS spokesperson in the region. The official confirmed that the lawyer was taken down by “several shots”, administered immediately after he had left the shop at the station.

“It is alleged that at 21.40 last night the deceased had just stepped out of a shop at a garage in Lentegeur, Mitchells Plain when several shots were fired at him. He died on the scene. The deceased had previously worked for the Department of Justice in the Khayelitsha area.”

Brigadier Novela Potelwa