Cape Town police have arrested a 32-year-old man on charges of murder and attempted murder for the hit on an alleged Cape flats gang leader and two others outside a mosque in Mars Street Wynberg on Friday, October 8.
According to police officers, they were summoned to a crime scene whereby a male was shot and fatally wounded along with two others. The alleged gang boss was wounded in the buttox, while a 29-year-old man who was driving the vehicle was declared dead on the scene. A 41-year-old man was also wounded.
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Police spokesperson Joseph Swartbooi confirmed the suspect’s arrest by indicating that in the early hours of Monday, October 11, detectives attached to the Anti-Gang Unit conducted a tracing operation which led them to an address in Heideveld where the suspect was arrested. Swartbooi says the suspect is due to make an appearance in Wynberg Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Western Cape Premier Alan Winde has described the National Minister of Police’s claims that the Western Cape gets most policing resources as an insult to our poorest communities. Winde says Bheke Cele’s statement is so misleading that the local government has no other option than to respond and set out the facts.
“Failure to respond would allow the National Government to opt-out of delivering the actual policing resources which our communities still so urgently need, and which we have been demanding. Any person who lives in the Western Cape’s crime hotspots knows all too well that there is not enough SAPS support to fight crime, despite the hard work of many officers on the ground. It is our poorest communities, mostly in the Cape Flats, which are left with inadequate police to population ratios because of a failure by the National Government to properly resource them,” Winde reiterated.