‘Gangster’ shot four times

2015-05-05 06:00
Crime in the Steenberg precinct area has increased and police are urging residents to be more vigilant, to walk in groups and to not flash expensive items. Allenby Drive has been identified as a hot spot in the area.

PHOTO: 
Chevon Booysen

Crime in the Steenberg precinct area has increased and police are urging residents to be more vigilant, to walk in groups and to not flash expensive items. Allenby Drive has been identified as a hot spot in the area. PHOTO: Chevon Booysen

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In continued shootings and crime incidents in the Steenberg area, the most recent victim is a 27-year-old man.

According to Steenberg police spokesperson Constable Zodwa Kedama, the man was shot in Schoeman Street, Retreat on Sunday just before 21:00.

“On Sunday police attended to a shooting incident in Schoeman Street and upon arrival found the man with four gunshot wounds in his face. He was lying face down on the sidewalk when police arrived,” Kedama says.

She adds witnesses say they heard gunshots at 20:45.

“They heard gunshots go off and went out to check. They saw a body lying on the road and nobody saw who shot the victim,” Kedama says.

She adds the victim is an alleged gang member. No arrests have yet been made.

ArrestsEfforts to curb crime in the community continue, Kedama adds, and successful arrests were made during last week.

On Tuesday last week a 17-year-old boy was arrested for possession of drugs.

“Police received information about drugs being sold in Horstley Court. The information was followed up and the boy was found in possession of 13 half mandrax tablets and 44 stops of dagga,” she confirms.

The boy was arrested and was later released to his parents for supervision, she says.

On the same day police were busy with patrols in Retreat when they arrested a 19-year-old suspect.

“At about 02:20 police were doing patrols at the corner of Retreat Road and 10th Avenue. They saw a suspicious male and searched him,” Kedama says.

Police found the suspect in possession of a toy gun. He was then arrested and detained at Steenberg police station for the possession of an imitation firearm.

The suspect will appear in Wynberg Magistrate’s Court on Thursday.

‘Thief’ stoppedIn another incident on Saturday police were conducting visible patrols along Allenby Drive.

“Police members were doing stop and searches when they stopped a 33-year-old male from Steenberg and found him with copper taps, copper pieces, a screwdriver and pliers,” Kedama says.

The suspect was arrested and detained on charges of possession of presumably stolen property and appeared in Wynberg Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

Steenberg police have issued an urgent notice to the community regarding safety in the area.

“Steenberg police would like the community to be vigilant when they walk in the early hours of the morning and at night. People must try to walk in groups and their cell phones must not be visible. Do not carry large amounts of money and pricey possessions.”

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