Two shootings in vicinity of Cape Town night spots within three hours

2017-04-17 19:27
A group of men have started going to nightclubs in Cape Town and taking over security operations in a club turf war. (Supplied)

A group of men have started going to nightclubs in Cape Town and taking over security operations in a club turf war. (Supplied)

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Cape Town - A man was shot dead in a parking lot near a popular Athlone club in the early hours of Monday, just three hours after two others were wounded inside an upmarket Camps Bay establishment.

While the Athlone shooting is not suspected to be linked to an underworld power struggle, the shooting that happened in Camps Bay is.

Police spokesperson Captain FC Van Wyk said the shooting in Athlone happened around 04:00 on Monday near the popular nightclub in Rylands.

He said a man, 33, was shot dead.

"A murder case was opened for investigation."

Van Wyk said no arrests had been made yet.

Social media posts implied the Athlone shooting had happened in the nightclub.

Three hours earlier two men were wounded in a shooting at Café Caprice in Camps Bay.

This was suspected to be linked to a fight for control over the nightclub security industry after a new group took over the scene from an older group.

Three suspects were arrested for the shooting.

One of those wounded, according to sources, was the owner of a tyre fitment centre which was petrol bombed in Observatory, Cape Town, in May 2016.

However, it later merged this was not the case and it was in fact a patron that was shot.

Individuals close to the man, 28, wounded in the abdomen, say he was innocent and was simply out to spend an evening with friends having a relaxed meal.

They say he is in no way linked to the underworld.

A tussle over the lucrative nightclub security scene started playing out in Cape Town about three weeks ago.

The individuals linked to the man, 28, who was wounded in the abdomen, have asked for an apology from News24 for initially incorrectly identifying the man that was shot in the abdomen as being the Observatory tyre fitment centre owner. News24 apologises for any harm this may have caused.

They have also requested that it be reiterated Café Caprice is a restaurant and not a club.

This article has been updated to reflect the views of the individuals.

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