South Africa

Two people killed and a third injured

Police are investigate a shooting incident in Elsies River, Western Cape, which claimed the lives of two people.

Elsies River shooting: What we know

Two people have been shot and killed in Elsies River on the Cape Flats while sitting in their vehicle at the corner of Halt Street and 28th Avenue. No arrests have been made at this stage.

elsies river shooting gang
Images via Twitter: @NARI_SSA

According to Police Spokesperson, Noloyiso Rwexana, forensic experts are at the scene of the crime combing the area for clues and investigating cases of murder and attempted murder.

One netizen said on Twitter:

“Saw a gangster shooting in Elsies River, the whole community plus children looking at this abnormal scenario. Gangsterism cannot be a part of anybody community, SA has [gone] bonkers, the ruling party even has fellowship with them”.

This is a developing more story, more to follow.

elsies river shooting gang
Images via Twitter: @NARI_SSA

Crime on the increase

This follows just one day after police minister Bheki Cele confirmed that cases of murder and attempted murder are increasing in the Western Cape. As per the latest report, the Western Cape has the highest murder rate.

According to Cele, there had been an increase of 6.6% in murders between October and December 2020, while Kraaifontein recorded the highest number of murders in the country during the same period, followed by Delft, Umlazi, Inanda and Nyanga.

The rise in crime in other parts of the country was a cause for concern as well, Cele said:

“I remain concerned about Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal, the Free State and the Western Cape provinces which these stats show are regressing in their fight against crime.”

He wanted to assure South Africans that officials are “improving services and responses, at station level on a daily basis”.

“As the SAPS, we are motivated that numerous life sentences have been handed down for crimes committed against women and children.”

Despite that, there is still a shortage of rape kits in police stations in the country.

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