Gang violence shoots up another level in WCape

In Bonteheuwel alone, seven people have been murdered since the first of June. Courtesy #DStv403

CAPE TOWN - It’s been just over a week since lockdown level three started and already more than 100 people have been killed in the Western Cape due to gang violence.

In Bonteheuwel alone, seven people have been murdered since the first of June.

The murders include a father and his two-year-old son.

They were shot while walking to the shop on 5 June.

His mother, Sharifa Johnson, says her son was not a gangster and worked in the taxi industry.

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Johnson says she is still trying to come to terms with having had to bury her son and her grandson a day apart as the little boy died one day after his dad.

Bonteheuwel ward councillor, Angus Mckenzie, is calling for the return of law enforcement officers to the area to fight crime as they were redeployed to enforce COVID-19 regulations.

Western Cape MEC for Community Safety, Albert Fritz, says the free movement of people allowed during level three, the dismantling of roadblocks as well as the lifting of the ban on alcohol sales, are major contributing factors.

“From 1 to 7 June we have seen 118 and these are police stats of 118 murders in the province,” Fritz said.

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Fritz says that figure would have increased by now.

The MEC is appealing to people to behave responsibly.

While hospitals are filling up with COVID-19 patients they are now also having to deal with gang and alcohol-related admissions.

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