Child (4) witnessed his mother’s death

2019-07-11 06:00
The house where four women were shot dead on Friday night.PHOTO: SIYABONGA KALIPA

The house where four women were shot dead on Friday night.PHOTO: SIYABONGA KALIPA

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A four-year-old Philippi child has been left traumatised and without a mother following the weekend’s gruesome killings in the area.

According to a brother of one of the victims his sister was gunned down in front of the child on Friday 5 July in Marcus Garvey.

“My sister was shot in front of his son who is now left with no one because I do not even know his father,” said the brother who refused to be named for fear of being targeted.

The woman is one of 11 people, including six women, that were killed in Philippi over the weekend.

Philippi East police spokesperson Captain Bheki Xulu said on Friday around 23:00 six women between the ages of 18 and 26 were shot in Marcus Garvey by unknown people.

He said two women were inside a shack and the other four were inside the main house.

Xulu said they were all shot repeatedly execution-style. He said the motive is unknown at this stage and no arrest had been made. A murder case has been opened.

In other shooting incidents, Xulu said five men between the ages of 18 and 39 were shot dead. One was injured.

He said three men who are believed to be brothers were shot inside a house in Philippi by unknown people, while two others were shot in a tavern on Saturday 6 July.

Xulu said the motive is not yet clear and no arrests have been made.

He said murder dockets have been opened and more investigations are underway.

The relative counted himself lucky. “I’m lucky I was not here when this happened otherwise I would have been dead as well,” he said.

He said he does not know who wanted to kill the women and that he has no idea what caused the shooting.

Ward 88 councillor Siphiwo Nqamnduku said he does not have all the information about the murder of the six women because people are scared to talk fearing for their lives.

He said there has been a lot of shootings in the area lately and he feels there are not enough police to go around Philippi.

Witnesses can call Crime Stop on 08600 10111 or the investigating officer Warrant Officer Larry Arnoldus on 079 880 9822.

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