2 arrested for fatal shooting of 6-year-old Cape Town girl

2016-05-04 14:55
Saadiqah Lippert, 6, a Grade 1 pupil, was shot in the stomach in Bokmakierie and later died in hospital. (Athlone Community News Network Facebook page)

Saadiqah Lippert, 6, a Grade 1 pupil, was shot in the stomach in Bokmakierie and later died in hospital. (Athlone Community News Network Facebook page)

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Cape Town - Two local men have been arrested for allegedly shooting and killing 6-year-old Saadiqah Lippert in Bokmakierie, Athlone.

The pair were arrested shortly before Lippert’s packed funeral on Tuesday afternoon, Athlone Community Police Forum chairperson Aziza Kannemeyer told News24 on Wednesday.

She said residents knew of the men and that they lived in the area.

Saadiqah was shot in the stomach after stepping out of a house in 9th Avenue on Monday night. Her grandmother apparently found her lying outside with a bullet wound.

- Read more: Girl, 6, shot dead in Bokmakierie

"Having spoken to the people at Groote Schuur Hospital, they are actually quite devastated because they put up a battle to save her life," Kannemeyer said.

It was not clear what led to the shooting.

"Speculation is that it is about a drug turf, the drug trade, who is selling on whose turf. And unfortunately the child got caught in crossfire," she said.

She was a Grade 1 pupil at Garlandale Primary School.

Kannemeyer said there were hundreds of people at the child’s funeral. The mood was sombre and people couldn't believe what had happened.

"The community is extremely angry because the attitude on the Cape Flats is that if you want to 'off' someone, just pick your target and do it. Children should not be caught in the crossfire."

Because of this, there would be calls for the two not to be granted bail when they appeared in court.

Areas with a high number of contact crimes should get experienced police officers and the necessary resources to give residents a sense of safety, Kannemeyer said.

Western Cape police said it was a "senseless killing". The accused, aged 22 and 26, were expected to appear in Athlone Magistrate’s Court on Thursday, said spokesperson Constable Noloyiso Rwexana.

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