4 killed in Site B, Khayelitsha
Western Cape police are probing four cases of murder, after three men were shot dead, and a fourth one seriously injured and succumbed to injuries in hospital, on Tuesday evening.
26 people have lost their lives in mass shootings in Khayelitsha, this year. Since September last year, 51 people have been fatally shot in Khayelitsha.
The police’s Novela Potelwa said that the motive of the latest attack is unknown
‘’Reports from the scene indicate that unknown gunmen entered the Madiba supermarket in R588 Sulani Drive, Site B and fired several shots at 19:00. Three of those shot inside the shop died on the scene whilst a fourth victim who was seriously injured was transported to a medical facility for treatment. He later died in hospital as a result of the injuries suffered.’’
‘’Organised crime detectives are investigating the circumstances surrounding the shooting incident. The motive for the incident is yet to be determined. The identities of the deceased persons have not been confirmed yet.’’
Western Cape’s Police Oversight & community safety MEC, Reagen Allen, says he’s appalled by the mass shooting.
‘’I am deeply appalled at yet another mass murder that occurred last night in Khayelitsha… This is a clear failure of crime intelligence, which requires urgent attention. I’ll once again engage the SAPS Provincial Commissioner, Lt Gen Thembisile Patekile, about how they are attending to this matter, as this cannot continue in this manner. Although we’ve seen arrests in some of the other shootings in Khayelitsha, it seems as if criminals think the area is a free-for-all and they can do as they please.’’
Allen has called on those with information regarding the incident to come forward.
‘’I call on communities to assist SAPS and provide any information or details they might have, so that these perpetrators who have no regard for life can be arrested and face justice. This incident also further confirms why the current National Minister of Police, Bheki Cele is not fit for office and why a head that does not play politics with crime is required.’’
‘’Further to this, it once again highlights the need for SAPS to be devolved to provinces such as ours, who are more than capable to manage the service. If diplomacy and lobbying is not going to bring about an immediate change, other and further options would have to be considered,’’ added Allen.
Anyone with information that could assist the police investigation is urged to contact the police on 08600 10111 or via MySAPSApp.
Done By: Mitchum George