Two Anti-Gang Unit members discharged from hospital following Cape Town gun attack

2019-06-14 16:18
Police Minister Bheki Cele visited the six Western Cape Anti-Gang Unit members who were shot and wounded in Samora Machel recently. (Adrian de Kock, Netwerk24)

Police Minister Bheki Cele visited the six Western Cape Anti-Gang Unit members who were shot and wounded in Samora Machel recently. (Adrian de Kock, Netwerk24)

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Two of the six members of the Anti-Gang Unit who were shot this week in Samora Machel, near Nyanga in Cape Town, have been discharged from hospital, Western Cape police have confirmed.

"I can confirm that one was discharged on Thursday and the other on Friday," said police spokesperson Brigadier Novela Potelwa.

Potelwa said the other officers were still in hospital and that one, who was badly injured, may require additional surgery because of the nature of his injuries.

READ: 6 SAPS Anti-Gang Unit members shot in Cape Town

One person has been arrested and a firearm – which police believe was used in the shooting – has been recovered.

The specialised unit came under fire after apprehending a person they believed was linked to recent murders in Samora Machel.

It was revealed that most of the officers suffered lower body injuries, while one was shot in the head. 

Police Minister Bheki Cele called the shootings "an attack on the state". An upset Cele told media earlier this week that police needed to re-strategise how they dealt with what he called "lawlessness" by criminals.

ALSO READ: 'It's an attack on the state' - Cele condemns shooting of Anti-Gang Unit members in Cape Town

"We are dealing with organised crime… brutal criminals and we must respond. A parallel state cannot exist while there is a democratically elected government," said Cele.

He said police would continue to work within the confines of the law in dealing with the rampant criminality ravaging Cape Town communities.

Read more on:    bheki cele  |  western cape  |  samora machel  |  crime  |  gang violence

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