Puzzle as business owner shot dead

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Cape Town - The murder of a prominent businessman outside his company’s headquarters on Monday night has raised several questions for police in the Ravensmead area.

Ahmed Mohammed, 28, was shot dead during a drive-by shooting as he was closing shop in Parow Industria at about 6pm.

The shooters, who police have identified as three men, sped off in a white Toyota Tazz and had not been arrested at the time of publication.

Nothing was reported stolen.

“The motive is unknown at this stage and the circumstances are being investigated,” said police spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Andre Traut.

The area has been in the grip of escalating gang violence but the murder was out of character for Ravensmead gangsters, said the Community Police Forum’s Dawie van Wyk.

The chairman is preparing for the funeral of Andre Josephs, a notorious 28s gang member gunned down in a similar drive-by shooting last month.

“I’m going to be there because we think something might happen.”

Since that incident, shootings have been common in Uitsig and Ravensmead. The crack of gunfire is often heard at night but when police arrive, residents are quiet.

But a shooting in Parow Industria is new for Van Wyk, who said he had rarely seen gang violence spill into the business sector.

However, in May, the industrial area was the scene of a shoot-out between police and a gang of eight robbers. A robbery in Bishop Lavis led to a high-speed chase, which ended in a showdown in Parow.

After the gunfight, one robber was found dead on the back of the getaway car and the rest were arrested.

An undisclosed amount of cash, along with five firearms, were recovered by police.

But with nothing stolen, Van Wyk said the motive for Mohammed’s murder was a mystery.

“What (this latest killing) means is hard to tell. Is this a gang hit? It’s too early to say,” Van Wyk concluded.

Relatives and friends of the murdered businessman did not want to speak to the Cape Argus.

kieran.legg@inl.co.za

Cape Argus


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