LENASIA KHAYELITSHA SHOOTINGS
Another 10 people gunned down on Saturday
More mass murders in Johannesburg and Cape Town on Saturday night have sparked intense speculation about the dramatic surge in violence across the country in recent days.
At the scene of a shooting in Lenasia in Johannesburg, in which five people died in Thembelihle informal settlement, Gauteng Police Commissioner Elias Mawela described it as “another horrific, horrendous crime scene”.
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The police identified four bodies. Another two people were injured and taken to hospital. The incident happened at about 7.30pm.
“These people, they were sitting around the fire and then they were attacked from that point,” said Mawela. “Two died there at the corner, another person died down by the street.
“The fourth body, we are told it is in another block. We don’t know how did it happen – whether that person was part of this group, or he was found by those assailants when they were moving away from the crime scene.”
In a media release on Sunday 17 July, the office of the provincial commissioner of police in Gauteng said people in the group were playing dice on a street corner in Thembelihle when they were attacked. The assailants remain unknown.
In an apparently separate incident in Thembelihle, a 36-year-old man was robbed of his belongings, including a cellphone and bicycle, and shot dead.
“Five cases of murder and two of attempted murder have been opened for investigation,” said the commissioner’s office.
Two days earlier, on Thursday 14 July, five people were fatally shot and five injured at different places in Alexandra township in Johannesburg.
The shootings were allegedly committed by four armed suspects who travelled through the area, robbing and shooting people.
The office of the Gauteng provincial commissioner confirmed it had opened five cases of murder and five cases of attempted murder, as well as cases of armed robbery related to the Alexandra incident.
Western Cape police are investigating the murder of three men – aged 34, 36 and 50 – in Khayelitsha on Saturday night. The incident took place at about 8.30pm on the corner of Nyebelele and Ntango Streets in Site C, according to the office of the provincial commissioner.
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“At this stage, it is not yet clear what led to the attack on the victims,” said a police press release.
In an apparently separate incident, two men in their 30s were shot and killed in Tutu Avenue, Makhaza, in Harare township at about 9.35pm. They were driving a blue Hyundai sedan when they were attacked by occupants of a white Volkswagen Polo. The suspects fled the scene.
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One victim died on the scene while the other died later in hospital. According to police, there is reason to believe the latter incident was linked to drug trade in the area. DM/MC