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Cape Town - Pagad (People Against Gangsterism and Drugs) leader Abdus Salaam Ebrahim has been arrested in connection with a triple murder and an attempted murder at a tuck shop in Athlone, his lawyer confirmed.
Tashriq Ahmed said his client was told by the arresting officer that he was being held for the murder on Tuesday night of three Tanzanian men and the attempted murder of a woman.
The shootings took place shortly before 11pm in Veld Road, Belgravia. Two men died on the scene, the third died in hospital and the woman was in a serious condition.
“Cases of murder and attempted murder were opened,” said police spokesman Captain FC van Wyk.
Ebrahim was taken from his Lansdowne home shortly after 5am on Wednesday and is being held at Gugulethu police station.
Police said Ebrahim had not been arrested but merely “taken in for questioning”. Van Wyk would not elaborate or say whether there has been an arrest for the triple murder.
Ahmed said, however, that the arresting officer, a colonel in Bellville’s Organised Crime Unit, confirmed that Ebrahim was arrested in connection with the murders. The colonel apparently said he was “lining up witnesses” and asked Ahmed to “check in” with him this afternoon.
“This often happens ahead of – or directly after – a Pagad event. Members are arrested and then soon released without the matter going to court. Abdus Salaam is in high spirits, he knows that he has done nothing wrong,” Ahmed said.
At the Maisha shop in Veld Road on Wednesday, owner Ashim Nassoro said he saw men armed with AK-47s and 9mm pistols firing shots from outside the premises.
Nassoro said he was distraught by the incident in which three of his friends were killed.
He was inside the house, which is right next to the shop, with his wife and three-year-old son when shots rang out. “I was inside and I told my wife and son to lie on the floor until the shooting stopped.
“They shot at people in the house and then they went to the shop. They shot two in the shop, one by the gate and the girl was shot in the house.”
A witness said the shooters were calm and casually walked to and from their car.
Nassoro said he knew the dead since they were all from Tanzania and had been living together ever since arriving in Cape Town five years ago.
“My wife is staying with friends now and I still don’t have a place to go.”
Pagad said a motorcade planned for Grassy Park on Wednesday night had gone ahead.
In the hours after a motorcade in Athlone on July 24, pipe bombs were hurled at a motor dealership in Belgravia and a private residence in Surrey Estate. This led to speculation that the bombings were linked to Pagad. No arrests were made.
A week later, an alleged drug house in Grassy Park was petrol bombed by masked men.
A resident was shot and killed. Pagad has denied involvement.
Pagad spokesman Cassiem Parker said on Wednesday that the police’s “attempts at undermining Pagad events” by arresting the organisation’s leader would not work.