Safety scare after shooting

2016-04-26 06:00

Scarborough residents have called for increased security following a recent shooting on their local beach.

The Scarborough Ratepayers’ Association and Keepers Neighbourhood Watch have requested increased security measures at public areas following a recent robbery and shooting of a visitor to the Scarborough Beach. The perpetrators allegedly escaped into the Schusterskraal area.

Simon’s Town police station commander, Captain Jacqui Johnson, says the shooting earlier in the month occurred after two beachgoers were approached by a man who requested something to eat.

“They responded that they didn’t have anything and he walked away,” Johnson says.

“While walking away he kept looking back at them.He reappeared and pulled out a firearm which he pointed at them and told them to give him all their belongings. They took their food to give to him when he fired a shot at them.”

The victim was shot in the left leg and the suspect ran away.

Worsening safetyA case of attempted murder has been opened and a suspect has been arrested.

At a presentation to a recent subcouncil meeting, Scarborough Ratepayer’s Association chairperson, Marti Weddepohl, said discussions have been entered into with City of Cape Town and SANParks officials to correct the “ever worsening safety” of the public open spaces in and around Scarborough.

The discussions have led the organisation to question who has jurisdiction over the Schusterskraal area and to request an access control system be put in place.

“This is both to manage the entry of alcohol and other prohibited substances and firearms into the area, as well as to raise money to maintain and develop the area more effectively,” Weddepohl said at the meeting.

Request for signageThe organisation also requested electricity be provided at the beach toilet area, to allow lighting and cameras to be installed.

Signage, listing the rules of the public area, is also needed at each site, the association believes.

The City referred People’s Post to SANParks for comment on all these issues.

Justin Buchman, a senior section ranger for Table Mountain National Park south section, says the police, City and SANParks have a joint mandate to act against illegal behaviour in the Schusterskraal Area.

“The Schusterskraal picnic site, which falls within the Red Hill section of Table Mountain National Park, is being patrolled on a daily basis by rangers who always maintain visibility.”

No further incidentsThe area is an open access section of the park, he adds.

“Signage is in place at the entrance to the picnic site, however, we will check that it has not been vandalised.”

Johnson says no similar incidents have occurred at the beach, but measures will be put in place to increase safety at the beach.

“High visibility patrols have been put in place in that specific area. During these patrols a drug arrest was made. No further incidents have been reported,” she says.

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