Four killed in Rocklands, Mitchell's Plain, over the weekend

Three men were shot and killed and six others injured in a shooting incident in Mitchell’s Plain, on Sunday evening.

The police’s Andrè Traut said unknown gunmen opened fire at a tavern in Rocklands. He added that the incident could be gang-related

‘’At around 19:30 two unknown assailants opened fire at a group of men aged between 29 and 46 at a tavern in Stratus Street in Rocklands, killing three of the men on the scene. The injured victims were admitted to hospital for medical treatment while the suspects fled which initiated a large scale manhunt in the vicinity and adjacent neighbourhoods,’’ said Colonel Andrè Traut.

On Saturday night, two teenagers were shot in Gold street, Rocklands. The shooting incident claimed the life of a 17-year-old boy and injured an 18-year-old boy.

“Mitchells Plain SAPS opened a case of murder and a charge of attempted murder…It is alleged that the two were shot at by a rival gang in Gold street in Rocklands, Mitchells Plain. When members arrived at the scene, they were informed that the victims were already transported to a medical facility by private transport. The 17-year-old succumbed to multiple gunshot wounds to the upper body while the other suffered a gunshot wound to the leg,’’ said Lt. Col. Malcolm Pojie, Western Cape police spokesperson.

The police spokesperson said additional officers have been deployed to the area, to curb retaliation or any other form of violence.

‘’Gangsterism holding communities at ransom will not be allowed,’’ said Traut.

The Western Cape's Police Oversight & Community Safety MEC, Reagen Allen, has called on the South African Police Service, to prevent further cases like these from happening.

''A clearer picture for a greater visibility and aggressive activation from SAPS cannot be painted. This, and other violent incidents that we are experiencing. is not happening haphazardly. The SAPS should ensure that their intelligence work optimally and that everything is being done to prevent such cases like these.''

Anyone with information regarding the incident are urged to contact Crime Stop on 08600 10111


Done by: Mitchum George


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