Cape Town. 151013. 2 men are suspected to have fired off shots as they entered Cape Town Station. One of the men then shot himself in the head on Platform 24. Police cordened off the area. Shell casings were taken pictures of outside the station. A gun magazine lay on the floor close to the station entrance. Pic supplied
Cape Town. 151013. 2 men are suspected to have fired off shots as they entered Cape Town Station. One of the men then shot himself in the head on Platform 24. Police cordened off the area. Shell casings were taken pictures of outside the station. A gun magazine lay on the floor close to the station entrance. Pic supplied

Suicide gun handed to cops 12 years ago

By Yolisa Tswanya Time of article published Oct 16, 2015

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Cape Town - The weapon recovered by police after a fatal shooting at the Cape Town station was handed over to police 12 years ago.

Mayco member for safety and security JP Smith said the gun used by the unidentified man belonged to a Mr Van Rensburg from Durban.

He said it was unclear how the weapon found its way out of the hands of the police after it was handed in 12 years ago.

On Tuesday, chaos erupted at the station when a man dressed in black from head to toe fired a number of shots before turning the gun on himself, in full view of commuters on platform 24. Smith said there was a possibility that the man may not be South African.

“The body is still at the morgue and if he is foreign and is in here illegally it could be a lot more difficult to identify him.”

While speculation about the shooting being related to terrorism are rife, Smith said it may be “a lot less exotic than that”.

“Maybe they were wearing hijabs to conceal their weapons.

“The second man managed to run and ditch the clothing and go about undetected and disappeared in the clutter of the station deck.

“And it is so busy there, you can’t really see anything on the cameras.”

Police spokesman Captain FC van Wyk said they are investigating.

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