WESTERN CAPE CRIME
Two men shot dead on crowded Camps Bay beach in broad daylight
While beachgoers revelled in a beautiful Cape Town day at Camps Bay beach — one of the city’s major tourist attractions — two men were shot and killed. According to sources, 11 shots were fired.
‘He said ‘bye’ to me, and he died. It’s not easy,” said a witness and acquaintance of one of the two men shot and killed at Camps Bay beach in Cape Town on Wednesday afternoon.
The witness, who asked not to be identified, said he was speaking to his friend when he suddenly fell to the ground. This was just after 2pm. Despite efforts by lifeguards, the man could not be revived.
Just witnessed a shooting in Camps Bay.
I’m so shaken… what was a great day at the beach just became traumatic 😔
— Dr. Yvonne Maphosa (@Yvonne_Maphosa) October 5, 2022
When Daily Maverick arrived at the scene, the beach was busy with people posing for pictures, lifeguards on duty and families sitting on deck chairs, while police had cordoned off the crime scene at two spots where the bodies lay.
The witness said his murdered friend was a photographer who took pictures of beachgoers and sold the images to them. Just before the shooting, his friend had been talking to him about going home because he had made enough money for the day.
“I said, ‘You can go home, my friend’,” said the witness. Then he turned and saw people running after his friend had collapsed on the sand.
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A short distance away, near some rocks, lay another body.
A woman who said she was the dead photographer’s girlfriend arrived at the beach after 8pm. She was taken to see his body and then started crying.
The dead man was from Hout Bay, Daily Maverick confirmed.
While the second victim’s name has not yet been revealed, sources say he was involved in the taxi industry and was from Nyanga.
A police source said that earlier, a taxi driver had made a complaint about an illegal taxi operator on the Camps Bay route. The source said that the shooters were travelling in a silver Toyota Tazz and that there were CCTV cameras close to where the shootings occurred.
Two people have been fatally shot at Camps Bay Main beach (Victoria Rd). The bodies are a few metres apart, motive not yet clear pic.twitter.com/MsoG7ycm4T
— Veve (@LudidiVelani) October 5, 2022
A police spokesperson, Warrant Officer Joseph Swartbooi, said: “The unknown suspects fled the scene and are yet to be arrested. The motive for the attack is unknown.”
The City of Cape Town’s mayoral committee member for safety and security, JP Smith, said they had deployed officials to the area.
“Our staff were there as soon we became aware of the situation.”
According to the latest crime statistics, there were no murders reported at the Camps Bay Police Station during the first quarter (April to June) of the 2022/2023 financial year.
Camps Bay beach is a popular destination for local and overseas tourists.
Beachgoer Patience Dikotsi (46) from Kempton Park, Gauteng, was visiting Cape Town with her two teenagers.
“I cannot bring my children into this kind of an environment,” she said. “It is scary that people could be shot in the full view of the public.” DM