Four suspects arrested for murders committed in Ravensmead in 2019

Four suspects were arrested by the Western Cape’s SAPS for serious and violent crimes committed in Ravensmead in 2019

This is in the Police services continued efforts to deal with the scourge of gang violence on the Cape Flats.

Warrant Officer Joseph Swartbooi said, the accused were sentenced in the Western Cape High Court on Thursday 26 January 2023.

“ Members of the “Ama don’t care” gang arrived at a residence in Geranium Street in Ravensmead on 25 March 2019, with the intention to extort the resident at the mentioned address. They returned the next day 26 March 2019 for more protection money, and the resident resisted their actions. Later in the day unknown males returned to the house, firing gunshots at the victim, fatally wounding Christopher Cornelius and his four year old grandchild Likeshia Joubert. On 7 April 2019, the only witness Glenda Ruiters was gunned down in Erica Road by unknown men while her daughter escape injuries when the gang members shot at her in a bid to kill her with her mother “.

An Anti-Gang unit-investigating officer was lauded as a credible investigator, after he was able to bring perpetrators of justice to book.

Swartbooi said that the investigator was able to have the four suspects arrested on charges of murder and possession of unlicensed firearm and ammunition.

“ He successfully opposed bail for the suspects and they were remanded in custody for the full duration of the trial “.

by Everngelista Muza


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