Thursday, October 06, 2022

Camps Bay SAPS probing two counts of murder; Motive is possible taxi-related

Camps Bay police are probing a double murder case after two people sustained gunshot wounds to their body. The incident occurred in Victoria Road, on Wednesday.

‘’The circumstances surrounding the shooting incident in Camps Bay are still under investigation. Camps Bay police responded to a complaint on Wednesday. Upon arrival at the scene, at around 15:40 in Victoria Road, they found the body of an unknown man who sustained gunshot wounds to his body."

‘’Further inspection of the surrounding area indicated, the body of a second unknown man, who also sustained gunshot wounds. Both victims were declared dead on the scene by the medical personnel,’’ said Warrant Officer, Joseph Swartbooi.

The police spokesperson said the suspects fled the scene and are yet to be arrested. He added that the motive for the attack could be taxi-related.

‘’The unknown suspects fled the scene and are yet to be arrested. The possibility that the motive for the attack can be taxi-related cannot be ruled out and will be investigated as such. Camps Bay police are investigating two counts of murder," said Swartbooi.

Anyone with information is kindly requested to contact crime Stop on 08600 10 111

Western Cape’s Police Oversight & Community Safety MEC, Reagen Allen, described the incident as ‘concerning’.

‘’Regardless of the motive, these type of events should not occur in any area across the Western Cape or in the country for that matter. I want to ensure both locals and those not from our shores that we will do everything in our power to apprehend these unscrupulous characters.

‘’We are in the process of activating tourism safety officers, to ensure the safety of all visitors in the Cape Town CBD and Table Mountain National Park trial. Chrysalis graduates would also be incorporated in this programme. The Western Cape is expected a bumper tourism season.

‘’It is vital that perpetrators of this crime are immediately arrested, as they clearly have no regard for life and would evidently go to great lengths not to be held accountable,’’ added Allen.

Speaking on Bush Radio on Wednesday evening, Executive Mayor of Cape Town, Geordin Hill-Lewis, says more officers will be deployed in areas.

‘’It is concerning ahead of the holiday season and for everyone who uses our public beaches. We [The City of Cape Town] have made massive investments in Cape Town into extra Metro police and Law Enforcement Officers – 230 new Law Enforcement officers on our streets, this year alone. More coming in 2023. Some really great (sic), crime-fighting technology such as eye-in-the-sky technology and body cameras and dashboard cameras for all of our officers, so we are pouring resources where we can to make Cape Town safer.’’

Hill-Lewis has again called for the devolution of police in the Cape.

‘’The key request we made is to have devolution policing powers to the City. So every City officer – Traffic, Law Enforcement officers, Metro police, will have full policing responsibility and powers and will be able to do crime investigation and guiding cases all the way to successful convictions in court.’’


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