‘Cape township needs army protection’

Two women and an 18-year-old  were shot dead in Nyanga township at about 6.20 pm on Wednesday.

A Nyanga resident, who wished to remain anonymous, said the township needs soldiers to protect them.

“We are living in fear in our homes because we don’t know if we won’t get shot while minding our own business. We need soldiers because criminals don’t fear SAPS anymore.

“If kids or innocent people don’t get caught in the crossfire and die while going or coming from the shop, they get killed while coming from school or work.

“We don’t know why these women were murdered, I just heard that unknown people came and started shooting, we are afraid and don’t know what is happening anymore,” the resident said.

Another resident, also speaking anonymously, said: “Since the beginning of the year, people are losing their lives. 

“No one knows what is causing all of this. If the government continues to sit back and do nothing, by the end of the year, we will all be dead,” 

He said going to the shop has become a scary experience as no one knows if they are going to come back or get killed by a stray bullet.

“You don’t need to get involved in anything to get killed. You could get hit by a stray bullet while carrying a loaf of bread from the shop and die just like this boy who died in this incident,” said the resident.

Western Cape SAPS spokesperson, Colonel Andre Traut, said detectives from the serious and violent crimes unit are probing the circumstances that led to the deaths of the three people.

“It is believed that the occupants of a Suzuki seven-seater opened fire on the victims. Two females were shot and killed while a male was caught in the crossfire and also succumbed,” Traut said.

He said they had reason to believe that the two females were targeted by the suspect and that the young man was passing by the women when he was shot.

“The motive for the triple murder forms part of our investigation. No one has been apprehended as yet,” said Traut.

Compiled by staff writer

Pictured above: Members of the police. 

Image source: File

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