Cape Town - The fatal shooting of a 28s gangster sparked a weekend of violence in Uitsig.
Thirty-five-year old Andrè Josephs, a father of two, was killed in Aandblom Avenue while walking home from a friend’s house on Saturday night.
The shooting sparked a weekend of violence from rival gangs, with gunshots ringing out from Saturday night until Sunday morning.
Josephs’s wife, Venisia Josephs, 36, said the senseless killing was done out of jealously and was not gang-related, even though she confirmed that her husband was a member of the 28s gang.
“He was just on his way home when a car passed him. The car then made a U-turn and they started shooting at him. It was supposed to be a drive-by shooting; they shot him twice already, but as he lay on the ground they got out of the car and shot him in the head. It was members of the G-unit gang that killed him, not because he was a gangster, but because he had everything. He had a home and a car and they got jealous of him.”
Josephs said the man behind the killing was known to the police, but no arrests have been made.
“A small boy who witnessed the shooting ran to the colonel on duty, but she just pushed him away. I believe the police in this area did not like my husband and they don’t want to bring those who did it to justice.
“André was also threatening that this year was going to be his last.”
Josephs said the suspects were driving a grey Ford Focus.
She said the killing has been hard on their family as her husband was the breadwinner and made sure their 18-year-old daughter, Andrea, and 9-year-old son, Velante, had everything. “He was a family man. He did everything for his children. He looked after them. It has been hard on them, especially on his son. I had to explain to him that his father went to heaven.”
Velante Josephs said he would never forget his father. “He did everything for me. Wherever I wanted to go he would take me.”
Police spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel André Traut said an unknown suspect fled the scene and is yet to be arrested.
The circumstances of the shooting are being investigated.
Police stepped up patrols in the area over the weekend. No other injuries were reported.