Weekend of gunfire

Police have reported a spate of shootings in the Manenberg area over the past week.

On Friday July 29, at about 5am, a 24-year-old man standing with a friend outside Hilda Court, in Manenberg was shot dead

According to Manenberg police spokesman Captain Ian Bennett, a gunman walked across the field and started shooting at the man and his friend. The 24-year-old was shot in his head and died on the scene. The perpetrator fled on foot, and no arrests were made.

* On Thursday July 28, at 10.55am, a 17-year-old boy was shot and killed in Manenberg while standing in Rhone Walk with his 30-year-old friend. The 17-year-old was shot once in his chest and died on the scene, and the 30-year-old man was shot three times in his back.

* Also on Thursday, at 9.20pm, a 23-year-old man was shot six times in his neck and upper body. He and his girlfriend were walking down Renoster Walk towards Manenberg Avenue when a gunman fired several shots at him.

He collapsed in front of a house as he tried running away but died on the scene. No arrests were made.

* On Wednesday July 27, at 10am, a 34-year-old man was shot and killed outside his home in Rio Grande Road, Manenberg. According to witnesses, he was approached by two men known to him. He was shot in his forehead.

* Also on Wednesday, at 10.57pm, a 19-year-old man was shot in Gamka street, Manenberg. He was hit four times in the head and twice in the chest and died on the scene.

* On Tuesday July 26, at 8.50am, a 42-year-old homeless man was caught in the crossfire at Hilda Court, Manenberg. He was walking through the flats when several shots were fired, one hitting him in his groin. Police arrived on the scene and a 17-year-old boy was identified as the shooter. He was arrested on a charge of attempted murder.

* Also on Tuesday, a 16-year-old boy was arrested for possession of an illegal firearm and ammunition. During patrols, police spotted the boy in Waterberg Road, Heideveld. He started to act nervously when he saw the police vehicle which made officers suspicious.

He was searched, and officers found a 9mm on him. The pistol is registered to a Gugulethu resident and was never reported stolen. The 16-year-old will face charges for the possession of a firearm.

* On Monday July 25, at 2.15pm, a 33-year-old security officer was shot in his head while patrolling the railway line between Heideveld and Nyanga junction.

The officer and his colleague had been approached by two gunmen dressed in blue overalls. They took the wounded guard’s gun and disarmed his colleague before fleeing on foot.

* On the same day, at 9.40pm, members of the Border Policing Unit arrested a 39-year-old man from Hanover Park for drug dealing. While doing patrols in the vicinity of Cape Town International Airport, police spotted a VW Golf in Robert Sobukwe Road. They pulled the vehicle off the road and inspected it which led to the discovery of 124 parcels of dagga. The suspect is due to make a court appearance in Bishop Lavis on a charge of dealing in drugs.

* On Sunday July 3, at 6.50pm, three men, aged 21, 25, and 29, were shot at by an unknown gunman. According to Captain Bennett the shooter fled in a white Golf parked in Duinefontein Road.

“A white Golf was parked in Duinefontein Road and a lone gunman walked towards Joyce Court, and, without any warning, the lone gunman opened fire on a group of men standing in Joyce Court.

Police found 18 cartridges lying in the road. The men were taken to hospital with moderate to mild gunshot wounds to their lower legs, said Captain Bennett.

* On Friday July 29, the SAPS Mitchell’s Plain Cluster, under the command of deputy cluster commander Brigadier Mmaganta Letsoalo, clamped down on crime in the Athlone policing precinct.

This police cluster includes Athlone, Steenberg, Lansdowne, Philippi, Grassy Park, Strandfontein, Lentegeur and Mitchell’s Plain police stations.

In Athlone, 12 houses (in Kewtown, Belgravia Estate and Bokmakierie), 37 vehicles and 120 people were searched. Four illegal outlets were closed and three wanted people were arrested. Eight stop and searches were also conducted.

Foot patrols were also done in the Gatesville and Athlone CBD.

Anyone with information about crime can call the police at 10111 or Crime Stop at 08600 10111. All information will be treated as highly confidential.