Boy, 8, killed in gang crossfire

2012-06-28 13:28

Cape Town - An 8-year-old boy was shot and killed in gang crossfire in Steenberg, Cape Town, Western Cape police said on Thursday.

Lieutenant Colonel Andre Traut said Mogamat McKenzie was shot in the head at about 19:00 on Wednesday in Melody Square.

He said a woman, 34, was also shot and injured in the crossfire between two people.

Both were admitted to the hospital, where McKenzie died from his injuries. No arrests had been made.

Provincial police commissioner Arno Lamoer conveyed his condolences on Thursday, saying it was "very sad" that children were being hurt in something they were not involved in.

  • tricia.sutherland1 - 2012-06-28 13:41

    disgusting once again - these gangsters are devils

  • carla.m.ward.7 - 2012-06-28 13:52

    Absolutely tragic. RIP little one.

  • sly.skipper - 2012-06-28 14:24

    adding to the problem is that the folk from these neighbourhoods know who these gangsters are but tend not to assist the police when investigatons are underway. The gangsters are either related to them and in some cases are friends of the neigbourhood children. There are kids as young as 13 who have access to guns.

      isaacmodise.masiu - 2012-06-28 14:36

      you spot on sly.skipper

  • isaacmodise.masiu - 2012-06-28 14:40

    Bardy i disagree with you intelligence is there but the problem is that criminals also have rights there is too much right involve in these days legislation needs to change to curb crime .You see now what is happening with those Police Officer in Durban who are now in jail some of them but were doing good job you know why HUMAN RIGHTS on criminals

  • thabocydney.mello - 2012-06-28 14:57

    Black against black is not ayoba

  • michael.moets - 2012-06-28 15:35

    The government should sponser weapon training for gangsters.

  • simon.elrick.7 - 2012-06-28 15:37

    WHY was my "Bring in the Army to sort these thugs out" removed??? I repeat. Bring in the Army. The old government used them well. A blitz or 2 in the problem areas such as the cape flats. Why cant the Western Cape governing body do the same?

      Bulls - 2012-06-28 15:50

      Simon, I will tell you the chilling truth,you are welcome not to appreciate it.Right, even the nuclear bomb won't solve the cape flats gangsterism issues but the community itself, you get me? A third party will do nothing but to be seen as an emerging gang. Sort your dirty linen out or shoot each other until there's one man standing. That is the only truth solution to your problems.

      simon.elrick.7 - 2012-06-28 16:12

      Thanx for the comment. I know what you saying. But the gangs recruit and grow every day. There will never be 1 man standing. But I like your idea of a nuclear solution :)

  • Teri Heugh - 2012-06-28 17:59

    If the cops can't catch these murderers do u think they would catch us vigilantes if we murder them? Imagine us random people getting illegal guns, taking a random drive though these areas, shooting random druggies and gangsters and then going home to our normal middle class / upper class lives. They'd never find us. I'm keen for a gang of good people getting rid of ALL the bad people! Good old Western days! Yee Ha!

  • sipho.maribo - 2012-06-28 19:15

    DA wants to rule south africa yet they keep failing dealing with gangsterism

  • John - 2012-06-28 22:56

    Where the hell are the useless POLICE. Oh I know. Giving out traffic tickets. No sitting on their fat gluteus maxmi because they have no venicles. Put them on the beat walking or on bicycles. I would certainly be there to back him up as I think would all sane PRIVATE PEOPLE.

  • John - 2012-06-28 23:10

    How the hell can one expect the people surrounded by gangs to do anything. They will be the first TARGET. That is why we have a GOVERNMENT. To SERVE and PROTECT the PRIVATE people. Not to use thugs to bully the the people. The police might get private people to support them if there is SECURITY. The bloody police need private SECURITY to protect them.

  • terence.hess - 2012-07-07 14:54

    Why can`t the communities in these areas point out the gangster scum who are doing the shooting,cause they know who it is but they are too yellow too point out who these filthy bastards are,so they are just as guilty as these scumbuckets.

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