3 arrested for 'underworld' Camps Bay café shooting

2017-04-17 13:08


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Cape Town - Three suspects have been arrested for attempted murder following a shooting inside an upmarket Camps Bay café early on Monday morning, in which two people were wounded.

News24 initially understood that one of the two wounded was the owner of a tyre service centre in Observatory, Cape Town, which was targeted in an arson attack last year.

However, it later emerged this was not the case.

Individuals linked to the man that was wounded said he had simply been out with friends enjoying a good meal and was an innocent victim.

The shooting, which happened around 01:01 on Monday inside the café, which coverts into a night spot, in Victoria Road, Camps Bay, is suspected to be linked to a major underworld coup involving nightclub security.

Police spokesperson Captain FC van Wyk said a man, 28, was wounded in the abdomen, while another, aged 33 years, was shot in the upper arm.

Public order police officers who were in the area arrested the three suspects.

"A white VW Vivo was also recovered and in the boot a replica firearm was retrieved," Van Wyk said.

"An attempted murder case was opened for investigation."

The three suspects are expected to appear in the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court soon on attempted murder charges.

Sources said the arrests were made by police officers who anticipated a clash and foiled a surgical attack planned on some of those in the club.

On Monday, several well placed sources told News24 that the man wounded in the abdomen was the owner of the tyre service centre targeted last year in May.

In that incident, three suspects had run into the centre, doused two cars with petrol and set them alight.

But the businessman later told News24 he was not the one who was shot and that his name had been dragged into the matter as part of a plot.

Individuals close to the man who was wounded in the abdomen said the 28-year-old was in no way linked to the businessman.

They say he was an innocent victim caught up in the shooting while eating out with friends.

Monday’s early morning club shooting has played out as a drastic underworld coup is unfolding.

Old versus new

About three weeks ago a new grouping snatched control of club security from an older group which has long dominated the lucrative industry.

This spurred several standoffs between the two groups and has resulted in certain individuals, who are part of the older grouping, being barred from city centre clubs.

A source told News24 that early on Monday, a member who joined the older grouping, had tried to target members of the new grouping who were inside the Camps Bay café.

The shooting, the source said, had therefore been in self-defence.

While some sources believe the underworld coup has been long in the making, others suspect it is an elaborate scheme, involving police and intelligence operatives, to trip up some of the country’s most prolific underworld players, who also have links to politicians.

The latest club security takeover started on March 30.

Two properties in the northern suburbs belonging to businessman Nafiz Modack had gone on auction that day.

Modack’s name was previously linked to an alleged scam involving luxury cars.

A massive brawl broke out at the second property in Parow.

Controversial businessman Andre Naude and Mark Lifman, who previously headed a nightclub security company, were present when this had happened.

Later that night Modack and a group of men had gone to a popular strip club in the city centre and took over security there - the first of several clubs where they took over security operations.

It is understood he is working with the brother of an alleged gang leader and a businessman from Pakistan, who sources claim is involved in international organised crime and is financing the new grouping.

The individuals linked to the man, 28, who was wounded in the abdomen, have asked for an apology from News24 for initially incorrectly identifying the man that was shot in the abdomen as being the Observatory tyre fitment centre owner. News24 apologises for any harm this may have caused.

They have also requested that it be reiterated Café Caprice is a restaurant and not a club.

This article has been updated to reflect the views of the individuals.

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