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Natasha Williams, Thahier Jacobss sister-in-law, with his son Raeez Jacobs. She says she feels like shes lost a brother. Photo: David Ritchie

Cape Town - Delft residents, already reeling from a taxi war in the area, are now having to deal with a flare-up in gang violence which has claimed the lives of three men this week.

Police confirmed that two men were killed in Pinewood Avenue in Voorbrug at around 9pm on Monday.

An hour later, a 28-year-old was shot dead in Caledon Street in Leiden.

Police spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Andre Traut said no arrests had been made.

Delft Community Policing Forum spokesman Reginald Maart said in the past weeks the forum members’ focus had been on the taxi violence and it now had to turn their attention to the gangs.

“People are scared and fear for their lives, but still nobody wants to talk,” he said.

Family of Thahier Jacobs, 27, one of the men killed in Pinewood Avenue, told the Cape Argus that Jacobs was a member of the 26s gang.

Natasha Williams, Jacobs’s sister-in-law, said: “He never spoke to us much of his gang life.”

Williams is the widow of Ricardo Williams, also a 26s gang member, who was killed in Kuils River seven months ago. She said Jacobs and her husband had been close.

“It feels like I have lost a brother. Since my husband’s murder I always feared that something like this would happen to Thahier too,” she said.

Williams said a neighbour had come to inform them about Jacobs’s murder.

“I was with his wife when we heard the news. We rushed to the scene and found him lying there.”

The father of two boys, aged 5 and 2, was buried on Wednesday afternoon.

The family of Regan Swanson, 31, Jacobs’s friend who was also killed in the shooting, said they were still shocked by his death.

Regan’s brother Elton Swanson said his brother was a member of the 28s gang.

“I have known him for 31 years and I just can’t believe that he was the target in this shooting,” Swanson said.

When the Cape Argus visited the area on Wednesday, Voorbrug was tense.

People stood in their yards and peered over walls.

Residents were too fearful to speak.

Maart called on residents to speak up about the violence.

“We need to stand together and take ownership of our streets and the community, but parents are still hiding the kids and their doings.”

The Delft taxi war has pitted the Congress of Democratic Taxi Associations against the Delft Taxi Association over routes and has claimed the lives of six taxi drivers in the past three months.

zodidi.dano@inl.co.za

Cape Argus


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