17 already killed in 16 days in Cape Town

2014-01-22 10:55
Leslynn Mentor with her 5-month-old baby Lesray. (Facebook)

Leslynn Mentor with her 5-month-old baby Lesray. (Facebook)

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Cape Town - The mother of a 5-month-old baby is one of at least 17 people already shot dead in Cape Town this year, it was reported on Wednesday.

Leslynn Mentor, a 26-year-old mother returning to work after maternity leave, was one of four people shot dead in the metropole on Tuesday, the Cape Times reported.
 
Mentor was in a taxi in the suburb of Retreat and was on her way to her first day back at her job in the nearby suburb of Plumstead when she was shot dead.

A 30-year-old man, believed to be the taxi’s owner, was also killed, the Cape Argus reported.

The motive for the killings is unknown but the local Community Police Forum chairperson Kevin Southgate says Retreat has been plagued by gang fights and that there had been a number of shootings over the last few weeks.

In other incidents on Tuesday, a man was shot dead in Lentegeur, Mitchells Plain and another in Atlantis.

Reports said that about six people had already been killed in gang-infested area of Hanover Park so far this year.

Statements from police, emergency services and community police forums show that at least 17 people have been killed in just 16 days from 5 January until Tuesday, 21 January.

- News24
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