Four men have been shot and killed while another man was wounded in Maureen Street in Tafelsig, Mitchells Plain.
This comes just days after a 13-year-old boy and an 18-year-old boy were shot and killed, and three other teenagers aged 14, 16 and 18, were wounded while they stood on the corners of Cadillac and Riley Street, Beacon Valley.
Police spokesperson Colonel Andrè Traut said: “Our detectives are probing the circumstances surrounding a shooting incident this afternoon at around 12:15 in Maureen Street Lost City, Mitchells Plain, which left four male victims fatally wounded and one injured.
The victims, aged 30, 36, 37 and 64 were shot and killed at close range while a 37-year-old male victim escaped the attack with a gunshot wound.
Police confirmed that a task team had been set up and have appealed to the community to work with authorities and come forward with information that can lead to arrests.
“It is alleged that unknown suspects opened fire at the group of five and fled the scene on foot. They are yet to be arrested and we are making an appeal to the community to approach us with information.”
Community Safety MEC Albert Fritz said he was deeply angered by the spate of mass shootings in the Cape Flats.
Fritz said: “I will be visiting Mitchells Plain following the spate of mass shootings over the weekend. Additionally, the Department of Community Safety will be expediting the rollout of additional law enforcement and violence prevention efforts through the establishment of Area Based Teams (ABT) in communities most affected by violent crime.
In a separate incident, a 15-year-old girl was caught in the crossfire of a gang-related shooting on Friday night in Lotus River while reportedly sitting outside her home.
Fritz said: “I have been informed that SAPS in the Western Cape are taking a multi-disciplinary approach to clamping down on those involved and are utilizing resources from the Anti-Gang Unit, Visible policing, detectives, among others. Further that four cases of murder have been opened and one case of attempted murder.”
Anyone who can assist SAPS in their investigation have been urged to contact their local SAPS, call Crime Stop on 08600 10111 or using the TipOff function on the MySAPS cellphone application.