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Cape Town crimefighter Lulama Dinginto shot dead in her Gugulethu home

Cape Town crimefighter Lulama Dinginto shot dead in her Gugulethu home
Lulama Dinginto, known as Guffy, was the Gugulethu Community Policing Forum deputy chairperson. (Photos: Supplied)

Dinginto, who was the Gugulethu Community Policing Forum’s deputy chairperson, was gunned down over the weekend.

An unknown attacker fatally shot the deputy chairperson of the Gugulethu Community Policing Forum (CPF) in her home in the early hours of Sunday.

Lulama “Guffy” Dinginto was found by her family in a pool of blood just before 3am. 

She was known for her no-nonsense approach to dealing with crime in Gugulethu, one of Cape Town’s mass shooting hotspots. It is also home to notorious gangs involved in extortion, drugs and murder. 

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“I was sleeping in the main house when I heard the gunshots,” said her sister, Nontsomi Dinginto, who lives in the backyard, metres from the main house. “I prayed that we were going to find her alive when we went to check, but they shot her in the face. We found her in the bathroom. I think she was trying to get away.” 

The mother of two was alone at the time of the shooting, and her killing sent shockwaves across the province, with fellow crimefighters sending condolences from as far as Beaufort West. 

Nontsomi said that while she does not know who was behind her sister’s murder, she suspects it had to do with the work she was doing with the police. 

“Someone came looking for her last week but she was not at home. The police must find that person. Guffy dedicated her life to fighting crime in Gugulethu and now she is gone.” 

‘Despicable act’

The Western Cape Community Police Board’s Fransina Lucas said they were deeply saddened by the tragic loss of their esteemed colleague and friend. 

“Her dedication to community policing, unwavering commitment to combating violence and drugs, and her outspoken advocacy for a safer community made her a beacon of inspiration for us all,” Lucas said. 

“The news of her brutal and untimely death in her own home is devastating, and words seem insufficient to express the anger and sorrow we feel.”

Lucas called on the police and all law-enforcement agencies to activate the 72-hour plan and to spare no effort to find and prosecute the perpetrators of “this despicable act of violence”.

Western Cape MEC of police oversight and community safety Reagen Allen expressed his condolences. 

“I am appalled by this incident and all the violence that we’re continuing to see across various pockets of our province,” he said.

“I urge anyone with information to immediately make it available to all law-enforcement agencies, including SAPS, so the perpetrators can be apprehended and convicted. The police should leave no stone unturned in finding her killers.” 

Police spokesperson, Captain FC van Wyk, said the motive for the killing is unknown and police are investigating. DM

Update on December13, 2023:  A R50 000 reward is being offered to anyone for information that will assist in bringing those responsible for the murder to book. Gugulethu police have identified Lungile Madolo, 35, also known as Fire, as a person of interest in this case. Madolo is also listed as a wanted suspect for his alleged involvement in the extortion of local shops.

Anyone with information can contact the investigating Officer Detective Col Eddie Clark on 082 469 1531 or call Crime Stop on 08600 10111



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  • jcdville stormers says:

    Another hero of the community has died,where is the national goverment???

  • Mike99 S says:

    It is my completely reasonable and biased opinion that the ANC orchestrated this.

  • Alison Joubert says:

    She sounds like a hero. How tragic and awful.

  • Miss Dinginto’s death is far deep than we can imagine, our judiciary system needs to be reviewed as these mishaps shows loopholes in it, perpetrators might be arrested but within no time they are roaming the streets showing that they are Gods to decide over innocent souls Wow.

  • Neil Parker says:

    “Police spokesperson, Captain FC van Wyk, said the motive for the killing is unknown and police are investigating”

    You don’t need rocket science to figure what the “motive” is! Another hero in the fight against crime dies. Can DM please maintain a role of honour for this lady, Babita Deokoran and others prominent in the battle against graft and crime ? We shall not forget and we shall seek and we shall find these perpetrators at whatever high level they operate. Andre survived but the attempt on his life was more of the same.

  • mjiyakothabo says:

    This useless govt is literally leaving people to fight crime on their own. Rest in peace to her, she was a hero

  • Patterson Alan John says:

    Every day, of every year, the ANC government and the South African Police Force are exposed for their abject inability to safeguard the citizens of the country.
    The lack of intelligence gathering and high percentage of unsolved crimes, encourages more and more people to engage in criminal activities, because the odds of being caught are so slim.
    One reads of so many appeals for citizens to unite and fight the various injustices in South Africa, but the murders of anyone engaged in constructive efforts to do so, be they police, business, community leaders, local politicians or citizens, will earn a target on their backs. It is just a matter of time before they are assassinated.
    Could anyone have imagined in 1994 that the country would degenerate into such a horrible state of affairs?

  • Mike99 S says:

    In Response to Alan Johns closing line “Could anyone have imagined in 1994 that the country would degenerate into such a horrible state of affairs?”

    I believe the only surprising thing is how long it has taken for which we can thank the constitution. unfortunately that last bastion against the pigs is rapidly being undermined.
    Being a “western” thing it does not get the respect and support it deserves from the majority it serves.
    an orchestrated failure of the basic education system (especially basic arithmetic) allows for the growing belief that one can get something for nothing. this and other socialist/communistic falsehood’s are promoted daily by the ruling party and their ilk.

  • Arved von Oettingen says:

    Babita Deokoran, Miss Dinginto,…. it is the likes of these people who should be protected by high-wall-homesteads and body guards, not the politicians, the question is How.? Violent loss of life Ukraine/Russia at war 9’000 Souls, (March 2022 to April 2023). Israel/Palestine, at war 12,400 Souls, (2023), South Africa (peace?), 27,000 Souls, (March 2022 t0 April 2023). Shameful, !!

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