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Cape Town - A 20-year-old man was shot dead in a street in Voorbrug on Monday night.
A murder case has been opened after Damien “Rasta” Juries was killed in Welgelegen Street at 9pm but police are yet to make arrests.
Bystanders described Juries as a “friendly person”, who was a practising Rastafarian, and not involved in gangsterism.
One witness to the shooting, who was taken away in a state of shock, apparently told members of the community two gunmen had stood up from behind a wall and shot Juries in the back as he walked past.
The suspects had fled on foot across an open field.
Although police have not established the motive for the killing, gang warfare flares up in the Voorbrug area from time to time, said local councillor Michael Toko.
“It is a war for drug turf because the area has many people who are addicted to tik,” Toko said.
“There is a lot of money to be made. This is what underpins most of the murders. But I have not got details of this shooting, so it cannot be said it is definitely gang related.”
Late last year, the Cape Argus reported on the rise of Cape Flats child and teenage gangsterism, highlighting Voorbrug.
Police spokesman Captain FC van Wyk confirmed Voorbrug had a problem with youngsters being recruited into gangs.
“The groups identified are mostly at Voorbrug High School and they call themselves the Terrible Josters, Young Terribles, Timber Barbies and Sexy Bitches.”
Anyone with information about Juries’s murder can contact Crime Stop on 08600 10111, Van Wyk said.