Gang-related violence is believed to have left a 30-year-old man dead and several others, including a teenager, wounded in two separate shootings in Cape Town on Wednesday.
The first incident saw four men shot when an unknown number of suspects jumped out of a taxi and opened fire in Beacon Valley, Mitchells Plain.
According to Western Cape police spokesperson, Sergeant Wesley Twigg, medical personnel declared the 30-year-old man dead, while two other men, aged 40 and 42, were wounded.
“According to reports, the victims were sitting on the fence when a Toyota Quantum stopped next to them and the occupant of the vehicle got out and started shooting at them. The injured victims sustained gunshot wounds to their arms and legs and were taken to a medical facility for treatment,” Twigg said.
Cases of murder and attempted murder were registered for investigation.
“The suspects fled the scene and are yet to be arrested,” police added.
Meanwhile, in Samora Machel on Wednesday, another attempted murder case was opened by members of the SAPS after a 16-year-old boy was wounded in Heinz Park.
“According to reports, the victim was shot in his back and was taken to a medical facility for treatment. The suspect fled the scene and is yet to be arrested,” Twigg said.
Speaking to News24, Mitchells Plain community policing forum (CPF) chairperson Norman Jantjies condemned the shooting.
“The CPF is worried about the continuous shooting and murders in Mitchells Plain, especially in Beacon Valley. It appears that the shooting is gang-related, although we believe that those shot are not connected to any gang,” he added.
“We wish to appeal to those people involved with the shooting to think about the impact of their behaviour on the broader community, especially the youth and the elderly. We are [once again] appealing to the law enforcement agencies to leave no stone unturned in ensuring that the perpetrators are behind bars.”