Two die in Mfuleni shooting

2020-03-19 06:02

Two people were shot dead and one injured at Bardale in Mfuleni during a shooting incident on Thursday 12 March.

The cause of the incident is still unknown. According to a police statement, a 25-year-old police Const, Thobinceba Xhontelo, had just stopped his vehicle after realising that he was being followed.

“The occupants of the vehicle opened fire killing him just outside the vehicle. The gunmen proceeded and fired several shots at the occupants of the vehicle Xhontelo had been driving,” read the statement.

Provincial spokesperson Brig Novela Potelwa said two occupants suffered gunshots wounds adding that the suspects subsequently fled in a vehicle. She said a 32-year-old woman who was shot in the leg was admitted to hospital.

This incident followed the shooting of Const Mlungisi Ranaka. He was shot in the head by unknown people who stormed his house and demanded that he gives them his service firearm at Ext 6 on Thursday 13 February. He was rushed to Kuils River Netcare Hospital where he died. (“Officer killed in his house”, City Vision, 20 February 2020).

Ex officio member of Mfuleni Community Policing Forum (CPF) Oyiso Sono said the crime in Mfuleni is escalating. He urged all community stakeholders to unite against crime.

“It is a concern and scaring us when some of the victims are the same people who were supposed to protect us,” said Sono.

He stated that they are intending to revive their structures to curb crime. “Our aim is to launch a fully-fledged CPF and neigbourhood watch to fight crime. But we are concerned about our people, particularly the volunteers, as our neighbourhood watch are not fully-equipped like criminals who are carrying guns and knives,” he said. He didn’t confirm when they are going to launch the organisation.

Western Cape provincial commissioner Lt Gen Yolisa Matakata expressed her condolences to the family and colleagues of Xhontelo.

She decried the senseless killing of a police officer who was in the prime of his life. Xhontelo was stationed at Kuils River police station.


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