‘Police must act’

2015-05-05 06:00

Kensington residents are demanding action after a spate of shootings over the Easter weekend.

The Ken/Fac Ratepayers’ Association has condemned the shootings in a statement.

“Over the past months this community has been gripped with fear. There are ongoing robberies, shootings and murders. Our children are no longer safe, even at school,” the statement says.

The association is calling on the authorities to do more to make the community’s streets, parks, schools, homes and places of worship safe.

They are now demanding the police release a plan to deal with the gang violence and that government prioritises the safety of the community.

This follows five shootings on Easter Sunday, which killed two and seriously injured 11-year-old Keenan Abrahams.

“A 36-year-old man was shot and killed in Wellesly Street in Factreton,” says Kensington police spokesperson Warrant Officer Ntombi Nqunqeka.

Four others were shot in Glider Crescent, with a 64-year-old man killed and the young boy injured. A 17-year-old boy and 20-year-old man were also injured in the shooting.

The shooting has sparked outrage in the community, with a family member of one of the victims, Taron-Lee Harvey, calling for action from government and crime fighting agencies.

“Innocent people are dying or getting injured. The gangsters shoot over each other and they don’t get injured, yet innocent people do. We are like prisoners, too scared to go to the shop or the park,” she says.

Ward councillor Lisa McBride is appealing to residents to start reporting youth and family members who are involved in gangs.

“The children coming out of school are at risk. The shooting has to stop before we lose another child,” she says.

Police are investigating two murder cases and three attempted murder cases, Nqunqeka says.

“All the shootings were gang-related. No one has been arrested yet,” she says.V

Anyone with information on the shootings is urged to contact Detective Constable Vlotman on 021 594 7033

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