Reward offered after City staff gets attacked at Phillipi construction site

The City of Cape Town reminded residents that a reward is still being offered for information that will assist with the arrest and successful prosecution of those involved, after a security guard and a K9 patrol dog were attacked, last Tuesday, at a construction site, in Philippi.

Mayco Member for Urban Mobility, Rob Quintas, said the incident occurred on site, on the intersection of Duinefontein Road and Govan Mbeki Road at around 11:20.

‘’At least five shots were fired at the security guard and the K9 while doing patrols on top of the railway bridge. The incident has been reported to the South African Police Service's organised crime unit who is working closely with the City's project management team.’’

At the time, Quintas said the guard was taken to hospital, and the K9 also received veterinary treatment.

‘’These attacks are unacceptable and undermine the City's efforts to deliver much-needed services to communities. The attack happened where our Urban Mobility Directorate is busy with construction work related to the roll-out of the second phase of the MyCiTi bus service in the metro south -east. Over the past few weeks, the contractor has been receiving threats from those wanting to control the subcontracting of services. I want to make it very clear that the City will not allow this thuggery, neither will we succumb to those demanding so-called protection money,’’ said Rob Quintas, Mayco Member for Urban Mobility.

‘’We cannot make more information public, save to say that the security guard is recovering. The K9 was hit by two bullets and is not out of danger yet. I am pleading with the local community to please support us in our efforts to bring these criminals to book. We offer rewards for information that will lead to the arrest of those involved. Extortion is destroying livelihoods, City community projects and the wellbeing of us all,’’ he added.


Done by: Alungile Njemla


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