Cape Town - Another suspected gang hit in Tafelsig, Mitchells Plain, has claimed the life of a young man.

The shooting occurred around 9.20pm on Sunday on the corner of Kloof and Sentinel streets.

“His body was found lying on the street with gunshot wounds. A murder case was opened for investigation. The circumstances are being investigated and the motive is yet to be established. No arrest has been made as yet,” said police spokesman Captain FC Van Wyk.

The family of the 23-year-old man were on the scene last night but were too upset to give details. It was raining and they were concerned about the body of their relative being left in the street for some time before being removed by pathology services.

Speaking to the Cape Argus this morning, the police’s specialised gang unit commander, Major-General Jeremy Veary, reiterated that successful arrests and convictions of gang members did not necessarily act as a deterrent.

He referred to a recent incident in which a 22-year-old man, sentenced to two life sentences in the Western Cape High Court for gang-related activities and murders in Atlantis, thanked police as he was led away to the cells. He held up a picture of a 28s gangster whom he said he looked forward to meeting in prison and said his rank in the 28s gang would increase because of the prison term.

Two weeks ago, MEC for Community Safety Dan Plato visited Tafelsig following a weekend of gang-related shootings. On the same day, metro police, accompanied by mayoral committee member for safety and security JP Smith, searched houses and pedestrians, recovering drugs and firearms in nearby Beacon Valley.

Mitchells Plain police also claimed a number of successes last week. Police have reported 279 arrests for charges relating to murder, armed robbery, property-related crimes, contact crimes and possession of ammunition and drugs.

As part of the week’s operation, police confiscated six illegal firearms.

With accompanying tracing operations, police arrested 40 suspects with outstanding warrants. More than 100 people were arrested on the spot for the possession of drugs. House searches resulted in the confiscation of 68 units of heroin, 123 units of tik, 134 mandrax tablets, one unit of cocaine and 201g of dagga.

“The Mitchells Plain cluster police management want to thank all community structures of Mitchells Plain who joined the SAPS in combating crime,” said Van Wyk

“Further, we urge the community to remain vigilant and to contact their respective sector commanders, and for those who have not yet joined our structures, to join us by becoming part of their street committees in their respective streets.”

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