Four killed, and four others wounded in Browns Farm shooting

Western Cape police are probing yet another mass murder in Nyanga.

Three men, in their twenties, were shot and killed in Mazizini, Browns Farm, on Sunday night, and wounding five others.

‘’Last night at around 18:20 unknown gunmen opened fire at the victims at their residence in Mazizini in Browns Farm, Nyanga, killing three on the scene, and wounding five,’’ said Colonel Andrè Traut.

Traut said the injured victims, aged between 27 and 35, were admitted to hospital where one succumbed to injuries.

‘’Detectives attached to the Provincial Serious and Violent Crimes Unit are pursuing a number of leads in a bid to apprehend those responsible for the murders and attempted murders, and will appreciate community assistance to expedite the investigation.’’

The motive for the incident are unknown at this stage.

Anyone with information regarding the incident are urged to contact Crime Stop on 08600 10111 or to use the mobile application MySAPS anonymously.

The Nyanga Community Police Forum condemned the incident.

‘’It cannot be just a normal issue that so many people were shot and killed and there is no motive. There is a motive behind these killings. We are cautioning communities not to involve themselves in criminal activities. Remember the families affected are living in fear, as they do not know what to expect. We are condemning the incident, saying not again shall there be bloodshed in our communities,’’ said Dumisani Qwebe, Nyanga CPF secretary.

The Western Cape’s Police Oversight & Community Safety MEC, Reagen Allen, said its Law Enforcement Advancement Plan (LEAP) officers will continue to patrol the area.

‘’I am angered that yet another mass murder occurred in n yanga. It cannot continue in this manner. Our data has shown that most murders occur from Saturday evenings to early hours of Monday. These related to various causes, which amongst others include, interpersonal violence, drugg and alcohol abuse, gang violence and extortion.’’

‘’I am deeply concerned about the intelligence is being operationalized, if it at all. I have written to SAPS’ provincial commissioner [Lt. Gen Thembisile Patekile] for urgent feedback on how SAPS is intervening in the area.

‘’As the Western Cape Government, we are constantly reviewing our LEAP officers and how they are deployed as we need to ensure that these killings comes to an immediate end. Our LEAP officers will remain in the area to continue assisting SAPS in their crime fighting efforts,’’ added Reagen Allen, Western Cape’s Police Oversight & Community Safety MEC.

This incident comes exactly a week, whereby four people were shot and killed in Lloyd informal settlement. No arrests has been made yet.


Done By: Mitchum George


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