The ongoing violence in Gugulethu, Cape Town has claimed the life of yet another person after a 30-year-old man was shot and killed on Sunday, June 27. Another person was also wounded in the incident.
The shooting comes exactly four days after eight people were killed in the area while attending a traditional ceremony on Wednesday, June 23. According to police in the Western Cape, it is alleged that an unknown man opened fire at the two men who were seated in a vehicle parked in NY 137 in Gugulethu. No arrests have been made yet as police are yet to establish a motive for the shooting.
This specific incident brings the total to 31 people that were killed by bullets over the weekend in Cape Town.
Police are still without any leads regarding the mass shooting that happened in Gugulethu, despite initiating a 72-hour activation plan. Officers are also investigating the death of three men whose bodies were discovered, each with one gunshot wound to the head in Samora Machel on Saturday, June 26.
#sapsWC 72-Hour Activation plan implemented to probe the death of 3 unknown males who are estimated between the ages of 20 and 25. The bodies of the victims were discovered in the road in Vlei informal settlement in Samora Machel. #CrimeStop #MySAPSApp MEhttps://t.co/RNOnJwnMYs pic.twitter.com/EuGenzG81a
— SA Police Service 🇿🇦 (@SAPoliceService) June 26, 2021
As reported by News 24, Minister of Community Safety, Albert Fritz indicated that his department will continue the Provincial Safety Plan, which focuses on preventing violence in these areas. Meanwhile, the Western Cape government indicated in May of this year that it will be deploying 250 additional law enforcement officers in crime afflicted communities. The aim of this deployment is to ensure that the government meets their target of deploying 1000 officers in areas such as Gugulethu, Kraaifontein, Mfuleni, and Harare by October 2021.