Imaan Solomons' heartbroken father, Azmir Oosthuizen, shares his grief. Video: Tracey Adams / African News Agency (ANA)

LOOK: Father details daughter's last moments after 'Ocean View gang station' death

By Athandile Siyo Time of article published Feb 27, 2020

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Cape Town – The Ocean View father of murdered 7-year-old Emaan Solomons has detailed the last moments of his daughter’s life, before she was killed in an alleged gang shooting.

Imaan was shot in the chest and hand while playing outside her home in Libra Way.

She was rushed to False Bay hospital where she died.

Tuesday’s shooting also claimed the life of a 31-year-old man whose name was not released.

Police spokesperson Novela Potelwa said police were investigating two murder cases.

“A crowd that had gathered on the scene started attacking police and as a consequence, Public Order Police and Anti-Gang Unit members were deployed in the area to quell the situation and restore calm,” she said.

Family and friends console each other in the house where 7-year-old Imaan Solomons was shot and killed. Picture: Tracey Adams/African News Agency (ANA)

Potelwa said the body of the 31-year-old was discovered after the situation had calmed down.

Imaan’s heartbroken father Azmir Oosthuizen described how he felt her faint pulse as she took her last breath.

Oosthuizen said the ambulance took too long to get to her.

When it finally arrived, the nurse told him that there was no hope for his daughter, Oosthuizen said.

Parents of the deceased child, Nichole Solomons and Azmir Oosthuizen. Picture: Tracey Adams/African News Agency (ANA)

“She said if they (had) managed to revive her, she would be brain dead.”

Imaan’s aunt, Natalie Solomons described her as a loving and happy soul.

“She loved lipstick and lipgloss. She was always happy.”

Community Policing Forum (CPF) chairperson Cathy Cronje said the whole community was shattered.

She described Ocean View as a gang station.

Visitors placed flowers and soft toys beneath messages in the front yard of the house. Picture: Tracey Adams/African News Agency (ANA)

“Where do we go?

“How does a community protect its children?” Cronje asked.

Hundreds of Ocean View residents are expected to bid farewell to Imaan when she is buried today.

Anyone with information about the shooting can anonymously contact Crime Stop on 0860010111 or SMS Crime Line on 32211.

Imaan Solomons Picture: Facebook

Her murder came just hours after President Cyril Ramaphosa visited 8-year-old Tazne Van Wyk’s home, whose body was found in a stormwater pipe in Worcester, location pointed out by her alleged killer, Moehydien Pangaker.

She had been reported missing from her Ravensmead home.

Pangaker, 54, of Connaught Estate in Elsies River, has a long list of previous offences, including the murder of a minor, but was paroled every time.

Police Minister Bheki Cele also visited Tazne’s family yesterday to express his condolences.

Cele said a task team had been established to investigate the releasing of offenders convicted of serious crimes on parole.

Tazne will be buried on Saturday.

Cape Times

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