Police probing murder and fire in Cape Town gang hotspot

2018-06-15 20:18
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Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the murder of a resident of Belhar, a suburb in Cape Town which has been plagued by gang violence for years, which some sources say was a targeted hit linked to alleged underworld figures.

Hours after the 42-year-old man was gunned down on Wednesday in Chestnut Way, Belhar, a fire broke out at a flat in the area.

It is not clear if the incidents are linked, but some sources have alleged the flat was set alight in retaliation for the murder.

This has not been officially confirmed.

Belhar, which is about 20km outside the city centre, is known as a stronghold of the Sexy Boys gang.

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On Friday, police spokesperson Sergeant Noloyiso Rwexana confirmed the murder, which happened around 16:30 on Wednesday.

She said, according to reports, the man was shot multiple times.

"SAPS detectives are following up on leads to bring those involved to book," Rwexana said.

She said an inquiry had also been opened to determine what had caused the fire in the flat in Chestnut Way.

According to the City of Cape Town’s fire and rescue services, the fire was reported after 21:00 and the cause had not yet been determined.

No one was injured.

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