Triple murder in Cape Town gang hotspot linked to underworld battle

2017-06-18 14:53
A bullet casing from the robbery scene. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

A bullet casing from the robbery scene. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

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Cape Town - The shooting of three men in gang hotspot Bishop Lavis on Saturday is linked to an alleged 28s gang boss who has his eye on the drug trade in the city centre, sources have revealed.

Netwerk24 that two died at the scene, while a third died in hospital.

News24 understands that at least one of those shot was a 28s gang member.

However, this was not officially confirmed.

The Cape Argus newspaper reported that one of those shot was the son of a pastor and was not involved in any crime.

He was reportedly in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Drug turf battle 

Sources with close knowledge of what happened said the shooter or shooters had targeted those working for an alleged 28s gang boss.

A violent battle for control over the nightclub security industry has been playing out in Cape Town recently.

Shootings, nightclub security 

This has resulted in at least three people being wounded in shootings in popular Cape Town establishments since April.

Several murders also appear to be linked to the takeover.

A newer underworld faction has been taking over security at nightclubs from an older faction.

On Monday last week R104m worth of heroin was intercepted at the Kosa Bay port of entry.

According to police, the stash was found hidden underneath a vehicle.

Heroin busts Members of the Richards Bay organised crime unit, along with Crime Intelligence officers from Empangeni and Pretoria, arrested three men.

'Underworld' heroin busts

An informant, who goes by the name Mr Wick and who has ties to the underworld, told News24 that the heroin was linked to the older underworld faction which controlled the majority of the country’s drug trade.

Note: This story has been updated.

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