Blood flows on streets

2016-08-02 06:00
24-year-old man was killed in Hilda Court on Friday 29 July as gunfire woke the residents of Manenberg. The violence, which has flared up recently, is not specifically attributed to gangs.

24-year-old man was killed in Hilda Court on Friday 29 July as gunfire woke the residents of Manenberg. The violence, which has flared up recently, is not specifically attributed to gangs.

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Manenberg has been rocked by a flare up in violence the last week which has seen five people murdered in four days.

According to Captain Ian Bennett, the flare up is not specifically attributed to gang violence, but that years of conflict between two of the areas more prominent gangs, the Dixie Boys and the Hard Livings (HL), has contributed to some of the bloodshed.

“On the one hand, the one victim who was shot on Friday was a Dixie and the one on Thursday was a HL, as they are in conflict at the moment. Another incident was isolated and has nothing to do with gang issues,” Bennett says.

Unconfirmed reports suggest that the flare up was caused by a family dispute.

“We want community members to come forward and report all incidents of gang activity. There is no real conflict between gang bosses, it is a family dispute that is out on the road and has not surfaced as intelligence which we can comment on,” adds Bennett.

A 34-year-old man was shot and killed on Wednesday 27 July at 10:00. According to witnesses, the victim was standing outside his home in Rio Grande Road when he was approached by two known men. “The one man pulled a firearm and fired a single shot, hitting the victim in the forehead. He was taken to hospital in a critical condition. The arrests of these suspects is imminent as they are known,” states Bennett.

Later the same day, a 19-year-old man was fatally wounded. Police followed up on a shooting incident complaint in Gamka Street. “Shots were fired and a passer-by discovered the man face down.”

He was shot six times, four of which were in the head. By the time police arrived at the scene, the victim had already succumbed to his injuries. Bennett says that it is not yet known why he was attacked or who shot him.

In a third incident, a 17-year-old was gunned down on Thursday 28 July while standing with his 30-year-old friend. The two were caught in the cul-de-sac section of Rhone Walk as gunmen opened fire on them from an elevated position. The 17-year-old was hit once in the chest and died on the scene. The 30-year-old man was hit three times in his back and was rushed to hospital.

Later on Thursday, at 21:20, a 23-year-old man was killed while walking with his girlfriend down Renoster Walk. “A lone gunman appeared from a dark lane and fired several shots at the deceased, hitting him six times in the neck and upper body. He died at the scene.”

Friday 29 July, Manenberg woke up to another murder as a 24-year-old man was killed. It is alleged that man was standing with a friend outside Hilda Court when the shooting started. “A lone gunman came across the field and started shooting. He ran up to the top floor persued by the suspect. He was cornered and a single shot fired at him hit him in the head. He died instantly,” Bennett states.

V Anyone with information can call Manenberg SAPS 021 699 9400 or Crime stop 0860010111.

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