Three held over teen’s killing

Cape Town - Police arrested three suspects after an 18-year-old was shot in the face and killed in Bonteheuwel on Sunday.

Kheeran Gewelaar, who lived in the area, was shot at about 11.45am near the corner of Vlamboom and Yellowwood streets, said police spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Andre Traut.

Two Eastern Cape youths have been arrested for killing a teacher in Nkanini outside Butterworth, Eastern Cape police said.

A 53-year-old woman was shot in the neck in the same incident. She was admitted to hospital.

Metro police officers arrested three suspects, aged 16, 18 and 25, and confiscated a 9mm firearm, Traut said.

Meanwhile, police are investigating a case of arson after houses were set alight in Oleander Street, Bonteheuwel.

Thirty people were left homeless after a gang armed with guns, sledgehammers, axes and petrol bombs destroyed three homes in Netreg on Saturday night.

Residents said the attacks were carried out by a gang who were targeting members of the 26 gang.

The occupants of the three homes said gangs used axes to smash down doors. At one house, petrol was poured around the entrance before it was set alight. Another couple said the gang broke down a 3m concrete wall before attacking the building.

Disaster Risk Management teams provided clothing, food and blankets to those displaced.

Disaster Risk Management spokesman Wilfred Solomons-Johannes said it was believed that the attack was as a result of a turf war over drugs.