While most of South Africa roared with cheer on Saturday night thanks to the Springboks’ victory against Wales, other parts were tainted with gunshots.
According to Colonel Andrê Traut, two reportedly separate instances of gun violence occurred in Cape Town, resulting in 5 lives lost.
At around 8:30pm on Saturday night, a triple murder took place in Khayelitsha. Three men aged 34, 36 and 50 were gunned down on the corners of Nyebelele and Ntango Streets in Site C according to the police.
Their deaths were followed by another two after men were shot and killed in Tutu Avenue Makhaze, Hare township the same night. Police say that the victims were driving a blue Hyundai sedan when they were attacked by suspects in a white VW Polo.
“One of the victims died on the scene while the other one succumbed to death shortly after being admitted to hospital. We have reason to believe that the incident could be linked to the drug trade in the area, but this will be established as our investigation unfolds,” said Traut.
On the same Saturday night in other parts of the country, more lives were taken. A group of people are believed to have been sitting around a fire when bullets started flying. The violence took place in Tembelihle Lenasia, Johannesburg South. Four were killed while two were wounded. Unfortunately, the killings didn’t stop there. Another body was found nearby belonging to a man who had been shot after he’d reportedly been robbed.
Police have said that at this stage, all instances are shrouded in unknown motives but investigations have been launched.
These cases follow a series of recent deaths in South Africa after 19 were found dead in two tavern shootings in Soweto and Pietermaritzburg respectfully.