44 killed in bloody Cape Town weekend

2013-07-02 09:15

Cape Town - A total of 44 people were murdered in the greater Cape Town area over the last weekend, according to a report on Tuesday.

The Cape Argus reported that 29 people were stabbed to death and 12 were shot dead between 16:00 on Friday and 07:30 on Monday. The other three victims were beaten to death.

The 44 bodies were taken to the Salt River and Tygerberg mortuaries. According to the report, this figure is slightly higher than for the same time last year.

At least four of the 12 gunshot fatalities were believed to be gang-related, amid increasing concerns over gang violence on the Cape Flats. Rival gangs fighting over drug turf had led to regular random shootings, according to a Mitchells Plain resident.

No arrests have been made in any of the cases, a police spokesperson confirmed.

  • warren-rodel - 2013-07-02 09:18

    Wow, so what are the body counts for the other parts of the country that are related to crime?

  • Lourens Rheeder - 2013-07-02 09:19

    only in SA will there be 44 murders with NO arrests...

      renelaunspach.enomoto - 2013-07-02 09:31

      where is pagad

  • Na-aem Williams - 2013-07-02 09:20

    Good news to my ears im glad you guys are killing yourselfs , what scum you are ,but please leave the innocent alone, life will be better without you.

  • Craig Thom - 2013-07-02 09:30

    What happened to Slaapstad!

  • renelaunspach.enomoto - 2013-07-02 09:30

    where is PAGAD ????????

      Na-aem Williams - 2013-07-02 09:43

      We are still here.

      Louis Ferreira - 2013-07-02 09:57

      So sorry we are still here dealing drugs we gave got no time for crime.

      Conrad Fra - 2013-07-02 10:01

      Damn I forgot they existed!

      Ryan Tracey - 2013-07-02 10:21

      Look at Mexico; increasing the armed conflict (aka The Drug War) will *not* help. More people will die. The solution to the gang problem is to legalise the currently illegal drugs and reduce the power that the gangs have over the addicts. In civilised countries like Switzerland there are clinics where drug addicted people receive medical grade substances (like heroin) and clean needles and support from doctors and therapists to help wean people off their addiction. This is reducing the number of drug pedlars - because there is no real point in getting people addicted. Your call for PAGAD to do something is misinformed and misguided.

      Jacqui Daane Van Rensburg - 2013-07-02 10:37

      Renelaunspach. The last time they did something they were send to jail. Did you keep asking the same question then too?.

  • KevinKing - 2013-07-02 09:31

    44 dead in Cape Town on the weekend. 1. SAPS says our murder rate is 46 per day for the entire country... BS! 2. Khayelitsha and Nyanga, youd rather be in Iraq dodging snipers cause these places are amongst the worlds most dangerous places. 3. @Lourens, about 10% might be caught and convicted.

      SydneyG - 2013-07-02 11:47

      Disagree completely, you can't compare Khayelitsha and Nyanga with Iraq; they are lot safer than your Iraq...there are no snipers and IED's in both, not even suicide bombers. I live in Jozi and visit my families in Khayelitsha, Nyanga and Philippi every single month...park my car on the road, live very late in the night without anybody taking a shot at me. I am sure you're talking from a newspaper perspective; you've never set foot in neither places! There is no safe place in SA. A few years ago (2002?)in Randburg, a man with the best security technology in his porch neighbourhood; was found murdered in his house. His murder still remains a cold case to this day. So, don't be fooled by those high walls and high fences or zoning off from the rest of the so-called dangerous neighbourhoods.

  • Erna Westdyk - 2013-07-02 09:37

    And that is in CT alone! How much does it add up to when the whole country is added? And our president thinks SA is safe and the anc is doing a good job! Wake up people - this is a sign that SA is NOT working!

  • Bernard Visagie - 2013-07-02 09:46

    Would love to see the weekends taking in the Johannesburg area?

  • Johan Van Der Vyver - 2013-07-02 09:47

    The New SA!

  • Christelle Du Preez - 2013-07-02 09:47

    One of the most beautiful cities filled with such tragedy!

  • Vinesh Moodley - 2013-07-02 09:52

    hahahahaha....bang bang, i shot u down, bang bang, u hit the ground...

      Dick Oliemans - 2013-07-02 10:38

      Hope they shoot you too since you find murders so funny!

  • Farhaanah Mahomed - 2013-07-02 09:53

    Surprise Surprise, no suspects!!!!

  • Bongani Malcolm Mpostile - 2013-07-02 10:01

    Out of 44 killings no arrest..!! You must be joking

  • Willa Prinsloo - 2013-07-02 10:03

    29 stabbed to death, 12 killed by gushots.Gun Free SA ,KNIVES should be banned

      Tersia Louw - 2013-07-02 10:24

      You can't ban knives, Willa. Get real.

      Al Loots - 2013-07-02 10:25

      More proof you don't need a gun to kill.

  • Bri - 2013-07-02 10:06

    Would be nice to know how many people we killed in the other provinces over the weekend, compared also by ratio of people. This article seems like political propaganda against the DA just as all the instigated poo throwing. Don't misunderstand me, I think the numbers are horrific but I would like to know how many people murdered over a longer period of time, say a year, in each province with the correct ratio statistics, well as close as possible.

  • John Jackson - 2013-07-02 10:07

    News24, can we Get Gauteng stats as well please?

  • Junior Jay Tyala - 2013-07-02 10:09

    I wonder where the hell are going!

  • Clint Mawing - 2013-07-02 10:18

    The communities need to report these drug lords to drug watch. Take action people.

  • Nico Jordaan - 2013-07-02 10:19

    Wow, seems like Bloemfontein and Cape town are worse then Johannesburg these days. At east we have safety in numbers here in Joburg, In CT and BFN there is less people higher crime rates...Might also be that there is enough consumers of drugs up here that there is no need for turf wars ;)

  • Elroy Lucas - 2013-07-02 10:22

    What's happening to the Mother City. First it ws the sh@t on Zille stoep, thn the airport nd nw 44 killed in one weekend. Surely tht City is in need of proper Motherly LOVE.Crime and poverty are running nw head to head in this country

      Al Loots - 2013-07-02 10:28

      These figures are almost the same for last year. So, what's new? Total the whole country's figures. Roughly 75-80 murders PER DAY. That should be your abject concern.

  • Louis Botha - 2013-07-02 10:25

    Where is the Army? Why don't the government employ more Policemen. Do they not see the need?

      Ryan Tracey - 2013-07-02 10:26

      [cut and paste] Sending in the army will probably have the same effect as Mexico's sending in para-military police to "solve" the drug problem. It only made things worse -- the conflict escalated when the drug gangs armed themselves with bigger guns and took on the para-military forces. See my other comments for a real solution that might actually work. Your call for sending in the army is misinformed and misguided.

  • Glen Joseph - 2013-07-02 10:25

    Oops! Criminals eliminating each-only 4 would be left by summer- interesting!

  • Jona Nam - 2013-07-02 10:28

    Blame the DA for turning Cape Town into a war zone, can you imagine if the become the ruling party, South Africans will make up the highest numbers of refugee in the world. Thank God for the ANC

      Al Loots - 2013-07-02 10:32

      Oh phulease. What about the average 75+ murders that happen ACROSS the country EVERY DAY 365!? Wake up!!

      Llewelyn Claude Louw - 2013-07-02 10:42

      Jona, stop being stupid!!

      Johan Holtzhausen - 2013-07-02 14:18

      Jona. SAPS is a national department, governed by national government. The justice system is controlled by national government, decisions with regards to the death penalty and correctional sentencing is up to national government. National government also known as ANC. Get it? PS: have you been in Hillbrow, Berea, Jeppe, Sunnyside etc over a weekend recently?

  • Anwar Khan - 2013-07-02 10:29

    and I thaught that there is no crime in south Africa....

  • Anwar Khan - 2013-07-02 10:30

    who is responsible for bringing in the drugs? people in higher places off course....lest we not forget that..

  • Robert Emslie - 2013-07-02 10:32

    I think that they should leave them alone so that the gangsters all just kill each other and after a while there will be none left..

      Kelly Asalde - 2013-07-02 10:59

      The problem is that they end up going after innocent family members and friends as well... Not just each other.

  • Al Loots - 2013-07-02 10:34

    What about the average 75+ murders that happen ACROSS the country EVERY DAY 365!? Yeah, the ostrich conveniently forget about this little statistic.

  • Dumisani Scofield Nwayila - 2013-07-02 10:36

    WTF is thre police in cape town

      Erna Westdyk - 2013-07-02 11:10

      They're trying to stop the DA from exposing how bad they really are!

  • Nico Eksteen - 2013-07-02 10:44

    Violent country, angry people

  • Estere Zuki Simelukane - 2013-07-02 10:46

    Even if you are about to say Amen, just pause and pray for young people in Cape Town...we need God!

  • Estere Zuki Simelukane - 2013-07-02 10:47

    Even if you are about to say Amen, just pause and pray for young people in Cape Town...we need God!

  • Eric Fana Moloi - 2013-07-02 10:50

    Cape Marikana

  • Nabeel Roberts - 2013-07-02 10:58

    stupid gangs.... killing each other (which I suppose is a good thing) over land none of them actually own or can even afford. I say call a mass meeting every gang member in the cape, possibly at a sports field, then lock the gates, throw in some guns and knives and wait for everything to quiet down until openeing the gates again.

  • David Madisha - 2013-07-02 11:02

    So the gov has given up to these people,do whatever they like?

  • philjoubert - 2013-07-02 11:06

    Payday + Booze... Oi

  • Kenneth Gerald Loots - 2013-07-02 11:34

    This is astounding. As is the statement by the police that there have been "no arrests". I am presently in the UK and yes, there is crime - even murder - here, but make no mistake, most crimes are solved and someone is arrested within three, four days. If not, serious questions are asked. What's more, the perpetrators almost ALWAYS end up behind bars for long periods of incarceration.

      Sipho Mazibuko - 2013-07-02 13:52

      Stay in the UK man. Don't believe them when they say Cape Town is a paradise for whites, Hellen Zille has messed up that place big time...

      Carina Welman - 2013-07-02 15:02

      Gerald, please excuse the ramblings of this idiot called Sipho. As I am sure you are well aware that Sipho and the like minded ones are unfortunately fueling the fire under the uninformed about whites this and whites that. White settlers who stole out land etc etc.. What he is NOT aware of is that his forefathers are also NOT indigenous to this country. So I'm sure he will be packing his bags soon and be moving to a well developed and governed country like Zimbabwe where the president, dear old Bob, is waiting for him with open arms and plenty of well developed land... etc etc etc..

  • Jt Goba - 2013-07-02 11:37

    lol Mike pple are confused. Let drug dealers kill themselves Helen Zille cant do anythng. This has realy got nthing to do wth ANC Government. Parents should be blamed.

      Al Loots - 2013-07-02 12:01

      Actually. It's all about the inability of government NOT dealing with the problem effectively. If the supply is cut off the parents might just have a chance.

  • Ronald Lukabwe - 2013-07-02 11:37

    Like any other country,drugs are really taking their toll in south africa. STOP DRUGS,this includes excessive Liquor friends.

  • Siobhan Roux - 2013-07-02 11:43

    Ugh ... another day in paradise!!

  • Karen Tarbett Hawkey - 2013-07-02 11:49

    "According to the report, this figure is slightly higher than for the same time last year. " - SLIGHTLY higher? 44 murders in one generalised area in one weekend?!?!Unreal!

  • Christopher Mark V Lowe - 2013-07-02 12:00

    When you're told that Johannesburg is SA's most dangerous city, DON'T believe it!

      Al Loots - 2013-07-02 12:03

      What is the stats for Jhb? If 75+ people are murdered per day in S.A you should rather be concerned with living in a murderous country.

  • Thando Peter - 2013-07-02 12:12

    Young gangsters in Khayelitsha.... Its bad. They killed my brother in law and his friend infront of my house. The suspects are out on R500 bail. Very weird.

      AgSies Man - 2013-07-02 13:29

      Sorry for that - that's so unjust that they even get bail!!!!

  • Eterni80 - 2013-07-02 12:14

    what the hell ??? there are some wars raging where the casualty count over a weekend is less

  • Neil Roberts - 2013-07-02 12:20

    In any "progressive" country the head of the police must take accountability.We do not hear anything of you General La Moer. This statistics has almost become the norm and the sad thing is , is that every number is representative of a human life.

  • Ken Bridgens - 2013-07-02 12:23

    Unbelievable!! What a beautiful place to have such a scourge of violence. Very sad.

  • JournoSergio - 2013-07-02 12:32

    Wow, that's quite hardcore. Not even a single arrest?

  • Mario van der Merwe - 2013-07-02 12:42

    As long as all 44 are gansters,drug dealers and drug runners!!! I encourage them to have a killing festifal between gangs....they will do the public and police a favour!!!

  • Willem de Haan - 2013-07-02 12:49

    In 2011 the total murders in New Zealand for the whole year numbered something like 55 or thereabout for the entire country. 44 in one week end does not look too bad - we are well on the way of showing those Kiwis how it is done - only about 10 short of their annual total. We need to be a bit more concentrated in our attitude and execution and then, perhaps next week end, we could beat that total? Not a bad record to hold - in one city we can kill more in a week end than you in your whole country in a year! Go for it, boys!

      Sipho Mazibuko - 2013-07-02 13:46

      how's your application for a New Zealand citizenship going??

      Al Loots - 2013-07-02 13:59

      Nah Sipho. We'll stick around and watch as S.A burns. After all, we did vote for change. So, best we live with that choice. Nothing better than a beer, a braai and some murder and mayhem to keep us okes entertained. Cheers !!!

      Willem de Haan - 2013-07-02 14:14

      Not well, Sipho. With the exchange rate of R1 equal to about NZ$0,13 (if you are lucky) I simply do not have the capital required to gain entry. But that is all your fault - if you ran this country properly so that the Rand is where it was during the apartheid years, well, then you would be rid of me in no time! So, get off your backside, put your nose to the grindstone, lift the Rand and I am off! Or, why don't you get your government to convince the Kiwis that white South Africans deserve refugee status? Then I could walk in! So, you see, there is so much you can do to have this whole country for yourselves, free from all that white trash you hate so much! Do it! I, for one, would be grateful to you.

      Willem de Haan - 2013-07-02 14:24

      Oh, and by the way, Sipho, as you now know that I am bound to stay here, you should re-read my comment. Then you will see that I am a proud South African, a great supporter of our beloved president Zuma, who holds the record of the most wives of all presidents, like Al Loots, and that I urge my fellow South Africans to keep on with the good work and to show those Kiwis! I, too, need some good news to laugh about with my beer at the braai! And nothing better than to say we are better than the Kiwis, not only do we kill them on the rugby field, no we also have a much better killing average off the field!

  • Richard Scully - 2013-07-02 13:25

    Would be interesting to know what the rest of the country was. Beginning to think news 24 getting a Zuma bonus

  • Evert van Staaden - 2013-07-02 13:48

    How many people died in JHB over the weekend? And in Durban? How about Pretoria, how many people died there? To the editor of News24: How much did the ANC pay you to publish this article?