Illegal firearms said to be the root of serious and violent crimes in WC

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Western Cape Acting Provincial Commissioner has raised concern that the extremely high levels of serious and violent crimes are driven by the illegal acquisition and proliferation of illegal firearms.

After his first week in office, Major General Thembisile Patekile’s concern comes after the Cape Town Metropole has just emerged from a week that saw a spate of multiple murders.

According to the statement, the murders were recorded in the following areas:

  • Two teenagers [a 13-year-old and 18-year-old] were killed in Beacon Valley, while three others sustained serious injuries on Thursday 26 February 2021.
  • Four men between the ages of 30 and 64 were shot dead on Saturday 27 February 2021, while a fifth victim escaped with a gunshot wound in Maureen Street, in Mitchell’s Plain.
  • Two police officials also fell victim to these attacks when 45-year-old Sergeant Welcome Mdoko and 28-year-old Constable Mninawa Breakfast were ambushed in Bloekombos, Kraaifontein in the early hours of Sunday 28 February 2021. They boh died on the scene.
  • Four men in their thirties came under attack from two assailants in Thubelitsha, Delft after 2:00 on Sunday morning. Two died on the scene while two others sustained serious injuries.
  • On Sunday 28 February 2021, two brothers aged 17 and 19 were shot dead in Site B, Khayelitsha.

VK News also reported on the shooting and killing of a 15-year-old girl in Lotus River over the weekend.

Firearms were used in each incident listed and also murders recorded earlier in the same week, strongly reaffirming Major General Patekile’s concern around the contribution of illegal firearms to violent crimes in the Western Cape.

Major General Patekile said that he is adamant that intensified policing initiatives with community involvement will go a long way towards ensuring all communities are and feel safe.

SAPS reported that just last week 30 illegal firearms and rounds of ammunition were seized with several arrests effected in various operations undertaken throughout the Western Cape.