Safety high on agenda after woman killed outside Pretoria nightclub

2017-08-24 20:05
Sophie Ledwaba was shot dead outside Ayepyep Lounge in Sunnyside. (Image via Facebook)

Sophie Ledwaba was shot dead outside Ayepyep Lounge in Sunnyside. (Image via Facebook)

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Johannesburg – A business forum, councillors and police officials have committed to restoring and tightening security in Sunnyside after a woman was shot dead outside a nightclub this week.

They recently held a meeting in response to the murder of Sophie Ledwaba, 26, on Gerhard Moerdyk Street, in the early hours of Sunday morning.

The mother of two had been outside the Ayepyep Lifestyle Lounge when a man, 30, pulled out a gun and shot her dead.

He then fled the scene.

"With the police hot on his trail - raid after raid being conducted at several places that were suspected to be his possible hideouts - the suspect had no option except to hand himself over at the Sunnyside police station," Captain Daniel Mavimbela said at the time.

He was in possession of a gun with a filed off serial number and ammunition.

Police were investigating the circumstances of the shooting while his court case continued.

Concern over crime and drugs

Ward 81 councillor Godfrey Muluadzi said on Thursday that all parties were concerned about the level of crime and drugs in the area.

They would work together to restore order and crime prevention.

The business forum had committed to removing bad elements from their establishments and promoting responsible social behaviour.

It would also comply with legislation relating to issues such as noise levels and operating hours.

The right to feel safe

“All Sunnyside residents have the right to feel safe and be safe - in their homes, workplaces and businesses, on transport, in public and in their neighbourhood. Residents should be able to live free of violence, crime and the fear of crime,” Mulaudzi said.

The SA Police Service, metro police and the liquor board would continue to inspect and patrol licensed premises to ensure they were abiding by the laws and not selling alcohol to minors.

Community leaders would encourage residents to report incidents. They would also ensure crowd controllers were trained to manage patrons in non-aggressive ways.

Ayepyep said in a statement at the time that the attack had not happened on its premises. It condemned any form of violence, especially against women.

In a second statement, the club said it was “saddened” by what had happened and extended condolences to Ledwaba’s loved ones.

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