JOHANNESBURG - The Mandela family has, through a statement from chief Zwelivelile Mandlesizwe Dalibhunga Mandela, condemned the death of struggle icon Dullah Omar's nephew.
Shaheed Omar was killed in Lansdowne, south of the city centre in an apparent hijacking in Cape Town on Thursday night.
According to Mandela, the Mandela family heard of the news "with great shock and sadness."
"On behalf of the Royal House of Mandela, the Mvezo Traditional Council, and my family, we wish to convey our heartfelt condolences to the Omar family."
The Mandela family goes on to say: "The killing fields of Cape Town are cause for great concern. We call on the South African Police Services (SAPS) to work together with their provincial and local government counterparts, and community safety structures, to devise a sustainable strategy to stop innocent civilians from losing their lives in such a senseless and callous manner."
A murder case has been opened, but no arrests have been made yet.
The shooting comes a week after Dullah Omar's family distanced itself from a pro-President Jacob Zuma march organised by the ANC branched named after Omar.