Ocean View declares 'war' on gangs

2020-02-27 09:30
Ocean View residents descended on Alpha Way, Apollo Way and Scorpio Road in reaction to the killing of seven-year-old Emaan Solomons.

Ocean View residents descended on Alpha Way, Apollo Way and Scorpio Road in reaction to the killing of seven-year-old Emaan Solomons.

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After two people were killed in Ocean View this week; a 31-year-old man and a 7-year-old girl who were both caught in the crossfire of a gang shooting, the residents have said, “enough is enough” and officially waged war against the Junkie Funkies (JFKs) and the Taylor Gang.

Last night, on Wednesday 26 February, residents held a community prayer gathering for Emaan Solomons (7) and Abdullah Ellis (31) who were shot on Tuesday 25 February.

Ocean View police spokesperson, Sgt Leon Fortuin, confirmed the incident.

“It is alleged that rival gangs were shooting at each other and the deceased was hit in the crossfire. Witnesses are being questioned as to the identity of the suspect(s).” 

This attack came after hundreds of residents from the community, along with Kommetjie and other surrounding communities, marched for peace on Sunday 23 February.

During the march on Sunday, the horde identified the homes of gang members and drug lords and handed over memorandums to a ceasefire.

They chanted “enough is enough” outside their houses and community leaders told them: “This is our last warning”.

Last night, tensions between residents and gangs came to a breaking point after the prayer for those who were lost to gang warfare.

Residents alleged that the demonstration was led by the vigilante group Pagad (People Against Gangsterism and Drugs) at about 23:00, residents torched three homes in Ocean View in a full-on attack against the gangs.

Sgt Fortuin said three homes were set alight – in Apollo Way, Alpha Way and Scorpio Road.

According to a resident who would like to remain anonymous, the houses were that of the gang members identified by residents on Sunday.

“To be honest, this is not the end of the Ocean View community. They’ve been holding Ocean View as a community hostage,” said the resident.

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