Manenberg shootings linked to gang murder

2015-01-09 11:04

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Cape Town - Gang-related shootings in Manenberg in the past few days are believed to be linked to a murder in the area, Western Cape police said on Friday.

"Yesterday [Thursday] morning rival gangs opened fire at each other stemming from a situation born on Wednesday evening. However the swift reaction from police ensured that tranquillity was restored immediately," Lieutenant-Colonel Andre Traut said.

He could not give more details about the "situation" to which he referred.

Traut said 20 spent cartridges and two firearms were recovered. No arrests were made.

Two cases of discharging a firearm were being investigated.

Traut said sporadic shooting incidents had occurred in recent days, but the area was adequately policed.

Police believed the shootings were linked to the murder of a 28-year-old man on Sunday.

"Although violence of this nature is a cause of concern, Manenberg is not in the control of gangsters," he said.

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