Friday, May 20, 2022

Police Oversight and Community Safety MEC to visit Manenberg over recent spikes in shootings

Western Cape’s Police Oversight and Community Safety MEC, Reagen Allen will visit the Manenberg SAPS station on Friday to engage the VISPOL head and various relevant stakeholders of the area. This visit comes in light of the recent spike in shootings in the area.

Manenberg residents watched on in horror when a gang shootout ensued between two rival gangs on Thursday.

In the video, gone viral, a group of men armed with assault rifles and what sounded like a shotgun were seen exchanging fire. It’s unclear if any victims sustained injury in the gunfight.

Thursday’s shooting comes a couple of days after two men were targeted in an attempted assassination on Pacos Walk, Manenberg. It’s believed that the shooting was an attempt on the life of a prominent gang member. Police spokesperson Captain Frederick Van Wyk further revealed that “the two males were sitting in a black motor vehicle in Pecos Walk Manenberg when three males approached them, and they randomly opened fire on the occupants of the vehicle.”

“The three males fled the scene on foot in an unknown direction. The two injured males were taken to a nearby hospital by private transport for medical treatment,” added Van Wyk.

Early investigations into the attempted murder indicate there may have been three men involved in the shooting, all of whom are still at large and considered dangerous.

Murmurs in Manenberg indicate that the spate of shootings in the Cape Flats township is the culmination of an ongoing war between two gangs, the Clever Kids and the Hard Livings.

“Over the last 24 to 48 hours, I’ve received reports of significant shootings in the Manenberg area. It’s important to engage all relevant stakeholders, particularly SAPS, law enforcement and community organisations, to ascertain how this matter is being addressed. We cannot have our communities living in fear,’’ said MEC Allen.

 

Done By: Mitchum George

 

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