Western Cape Police Oversight and Community Safety MEC, Reagen Allen says an urgent intervention is needed to stop gang-related killings in Cape Town.
This is after four people were murdered in the space of 36-hours in Mitchells Plain over the weekend.
In the first incident, two people were gunned down in Tafelsig on Sunday.
“Mitchells Plain police are investigating a double murder case following a shooting incident on Sunday morning at about 01:20 in front of a premises in Bayern Munich Road, Tafelsig, Mitchells Plain where two males aged 23 and 39 were shot and fatally wounded. According to reports, the victims were in the mentioned street when unidentified suspects fired several shots at them. Both victims sustained multiple gunshot wounds to their bodies”, said police spokesperson Captain FC van Wyk.
A day later, two bodies were found on an open field in Eastridge.
Mitchells Plain police attended a complaint in the early hours of Monday 24 July 2023. Upon their arrival on an open field near Klipspringer Street in Eastridge at around 01:40, they found the bodies of two victims who sustained multiple gunshot wounds. The victims were declared deceased on the scene by the medical personnel. The motive for the attack is unknown”, said police spokesperson Warrant Officer Joseph Swartbooi.
Allen urges community members to assist officials in tracking down criminals.
“Between January and March 2023, the Mitchells Plain police precinct had an increase of over 29% in its murder rate. Urgent intervention is required to arrest the murderers in the area. I will be and continue to engage the office of the Western Cape Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Thembisile Patekile , along with the relevant senior SAPS management to address these incidents”.