Detectives investigate murder of five men in Gugulethu

Western Cape police are investigating murder cases of five people who were shot and killed by unknown gunmen on Monday evening in Gugulethu.

According to the police’s Novela Potelwa, local police were called to Fenqe Street in KTC. Upon arrival, they discovered the bodies of five men with gunshot wounds inside two vehicles.

“The victims were sitting inside two vehicles when another vehicle with armed men emerged and shots were fired at the occupants of the two vehicles,” said Brigadier Novela Potelwa.

Potelwa added that the motive for the shooting is incident is unknown. No arrests have been made.

The first quarterly crime statistics for 2023 (April - June 2023) revealed an increase of 37.2% in the murder rate in Gugulethu, when compared to the same period a year before.

Meanwhile, the Western Cape's Police Oversight & Community Safety MEC, Reagen Allen, says he is horrified by the incident.

''Life should not be this cheap, where others decide that they can take it as they please. These heartless killers must swiftly be arrested. Anyone with information should assist with SAPS so that these perpetrators can be removed as we cannot have these type of individuals living amongst us.''

''I'm deeply concerned on what transpired in Gugulethu... We have been making positive strides in the area and need to ensure that this is maintained. We cannot allow the criminal element to once again get there filthy and murderous claws in our communities,'' he added.

Done by: Esona Mfazwe



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