Chaos erupted in Cape Town’s city centre today (on Monday) after a shooting at the railway station taxi rank left seven – six men and one woman – people injured.
Police said crime experts and detectives are combing three areas in Marine Drive, Strand and Buitenkant Street in the city centre for clues.
Sergeant Noloyiso Rwexana, spokesperson for police, said unidentified suspects shot and wounded people at the station deck before fleeing in various directions while still discharging gunshots.
“A traffic official apprehended a 31-year-old suspect and confiscated a firearm. Cases of attempted murder are under investigation and the suspect will appear in court once he has been charged. The possibility that the incident is related to the taxi industry is not ruled out,” Rwexana said.
City MayCo member for Safety and Security, JP Smith, said the City is very happy that traffic officer Reynard Paulse made the arrest.
“The shooter was apprehended while trying to flee the scene on foot. A 9mm firearm has also been confiscated. Hopefully this gives police the opportunity to uncover who is behind these assassinations,” Smith said.
He said the taxi industry has become riddled with organised crime, especially targeted murders.
“I know I harp on this, but it’s pointless us (Metro and Traffic police) making arrests when the conviction rate is so low. There are practically no convictions,” Smith added.