Cape Town has experienced one of its bloodiest weekends in May after 13 people have died from gunshot wounds in Khayelitsha. The shootings occurred at different locations in Site B in Khayelitsha on Saturday, May 15. As reported by EWN, police arrested eleven suspects at a Sea Point hotel on Monday, May 17, in connection with the mass shootings.
However, only three suspects appeared in the Khayelitsha Magistrates Court after the cases have been preliminarily withdrawn against seven of the initial 11. Meanwhile, Community Safety MEC Albert Fritz indicated he is pleased regarding the process of the investigation and the progression police are making. ” The Western Cape Government, in terms of its oversight role, will keep a close eye on these cases, and ensure that there are no policing inefficiencies. We cannot allow for crime to pay in our province,” Fritz said.
The Minister also raised concerns regarding the 40 gunshot fatalities that pierced through the City last weekend, stating that the ongoing use of firearms in various crimes is a concern and it is something that the government is prioritizing. ” In light of this, we have to ask again how the National Government sees fit to cut the budgets of the SAPS and the National Prosecuting Authority. SAPS has been under-resourced in the Western Cape for years. We simply cannot afford further cuts, Fritz added.
Fritz was also officially elected as the Provincial Leader for the Democratic Alliance in the Western Cape on Friday, May 21.
Democrats thank you for electing me as the Provincial Leader for the Democratic Alliance for the Western Cape. pic.twitter.com/LDNFsJQoV9
— Minister Albert Fritz (@AlbertFritz_) May 21, 2021
Picture: Cape Town Etc gallery