Woman shot, man injured

2018-10-30 06:00
Residents gathered last week to show their frustration with crime in the area.

Residents gathered last week to show their frustration with crime in the area.

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Police are still searching for the suspects involved in a fatal shooting in Tambo Village near Manenberg on the evening of Friday 19 October.

The incident left a 63-year-old woman dead and a 30-year-old man severely injured­.

In a statement, Captain Ian Bennett, spokesperson for Manenberg Police Station, says the incident took place at 21:30 when the two victims were shot while sitting inside their Dora Thamani Street home.

He says police were called to the scene and found the woman fatally wounded, with a gunshot wound to her head, along with her son who had been shot in the chest.

“A case of murder and attempted murder has been opened for investigation.

“We are still looking for the suspects involved in this case, and no arrest has been made as yet,” says Bennett.

“It is alleged that two men approached the house and the front door was opened for them. This means that the victims knew their assailants.

“Without any warning the suspects opened fire on the unsuspecting victims, firing several shots at them (victims) while sitting in the lounge.”

The woman succumbed to her injuries on the scene, while her son was rushed to Heideveld Emergency Centre for medical treatment. The suspects fled the scene on foot and are yet to be found.

This incident follows the death of a 35-year-old mother who was caught in a shooting in Venster Road, Manenberg, just three days prior (“Mother dies in drive-by shooting”, People’s Post, 23 October).

Residents gathered in the street where the mother had been killed, with local organisation People Against Gangsterism and Drugs (Pagad), for a prayer session last Monday.

Ward councillor Aslam Cassiem, who was also present to show his support to the community, says: “The residents gathered to show their frustration and to speak up against what is happening in the community. We had several meetings and protests with the residents and continue to do so.

“I appreciate the support from any organisation that is willing to assist on the issue and invite more organisations to do so, this knowing our current challenge to remove all gang and drug activity.

“Both these incidents are really sad. It is painful to see what is happening in this community. Our residents are going through tremendous pain because of senseless killings in the area.”

Cassiem says several other gatherings will take place in the weeks to come, with residents being urged to attend and to make their voices heard.

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