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Three die in Cape Flats shootings

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Cape Town - Three people were shot dead in two incidents on the Cape Flats on Monday night.

The first incident occurred in Beacon Valley, Mitchells Plain, at about 6.30pm, when two men aged 18 and 24 were shot in a field near Hengelaar Street.

Their bodies were discovered by police, each with multiple gunshot wounds.

The men had not been identified by the time of publication.

“It is alleged that two suspects got out of an unidentified vehicle, approached the victims and fired several shots at them, fatally wounding them. Both were declared dead on the scene,” said police spokesman Colonel Tembinkosi Kinana.

“The motive for the murders is still unknown and they are being investigated. No one has been arrested as yet.”

Kinana asked anyone who witnessed the incident, or who had information about the whereabouts of the suspects, to contact Detective Constable Wesley Lombaard on 082 777 8076 or Crime Stop on 08600 10111.

Moegamat Hartly, a Beacon Valley resident for 33 years, said shooting, gangsterism, muggings and drug abuse in the area had got “out of control” in recent years.

“The last month or so, the shootings happen just about every day. And every week there are more dead bodies.

“It used to be a nice place to live. Now, we cannot go outside.

“I can’t walk to the taxi rank without fearing for my life. Then, there are the neighbourhood children who play outside, and my wife who needs to go shopping. It is a constant fear for me.”

In the second incident, Delft police attended a murder scene at around 7.10pm in Vlaeberg Close, where 36-year-old Eddie Adams was found lying in the street with several gunshot wounds to his body.

Kinana could not confirm whether the shootings were gang-related.

daneel.knoetze@inl.co.za

Cape Argus


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