Shots pierce quiet streets

2017-08-22 06:00

Just when residents of Kensington and Factreton thought they were regaining peace as shooting incidents had decreased, a 12-year-old girl landed in hospital on Sunday afternoon after she was shot in crossfire while sitting outside her home.

The girl is reportedly in a critical but stable condition at Groote Schuur Hospital.

Kensington police spokesperson Sergeant Angeline Grill says a man (24) was arrested yesterday morning for attempted murder.

This brings the number of shooting-related arrests to 10, with three of the suspects confirmed gang members who are also allegedly involved in other criminal ­activities.

A 25-year-old man who was arrested for armed robbery on Saturday was later also linked to a gang-related murder case.

The two arrests over the weekend follow just a few days after residents and police reported a decrease in similar shooting incidents, saying they had been hearing fewer shots.

Cheslyn Steenberg, secretary of the local community policing forum (CPF), confirms that incidents of gang violence and shooting decreased following arrests made last week.

He says: “We condemn the shooting of an innocent 12-year-old girl. It must be noted that the CPF has long called for more resources [here].”

He also commended the fast arrests made by the police after recent ­incidents.

Factreton resident Telly Jardien told People’s Post last week: “They are no longer shooting around as they used to in previous weeks. I hope the arrests have had a positive effect, we can feel the difference.

“It is clear that if our police could commit to doing their job and stop the laziness, our community can regain peace. We need more interventions and commitment from the law enforcers. We cannot be held hostage in our homes.”

Jardien’s is one of the families who have been directly affected by random gang shootings. Her 83-year-old brother had a close escape when more than 10 stray bullets flew through the window into his house. One missed his head by only a few ­centimetres.

Another resident, Kevin Alexander, also said there was slightly more peace in the community since alleged gang members had been arrested and were still in custody.

On another incident, Kensington police arrested a 28-year-old suspect for armed robbery and possession of an illegal firearm in Factreton on Friday 18 August at around 11:00.

The suspect allegedly robbed a taxi driver of his money and cell phone, at gunpoint.

He was arrested on the corner of Glider Crescent and Acre Street after police received a tip-off about his whereabouts from a witness.

Grill says: “Someone phoned in and the police gathered the forces. On their way to the scene they got a tip-off about his whereabouts.”

Provincial police spokesperson, Lieutenant-Colonel Andrè Traut, commended the quick response by police and Law Enforcement ­officers.

“In reaction to the incident which occurred this morning, police members of Kensington police and the City’s Law Enforcement conducted a search for the ­suspect. The suspect was arrested at a residence in the area and found in possession of an unlicensed firearm.”

The suspect was expected to appear in Cape Town Magistrate’s Court on Monday 21 ­August.

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