City of Cape Town offers reward, beefs up security after shooting at housing project site

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City of Cape Town Human Settlements MMC Malusi Booi
City of Cape Town Human Settlements MMC Malusi Booi
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  • A shooting took place at a Cape Town housing project construction site over the weekend.
  • The City of Cape Town is offering a reward for information on the incident.
  • Additional security has also been implemented at the site.

The City of Cape Town is offering a R5 000 reward for information on a shooting at one of its housing projects.

Three contractors were shot at the City's R500-million Delft Symphony Way housing project over the weekend.

Police spokesperson, Captain FC van Wyk, said the incident was under investigation.

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"Reports suggested that three males were busy on a construction site in Symphony Way on Saturday when they came under attack. The occupants of a white Toyota Tazz fired gunshots, which resulted in the trio sustaining injuries," he said.

The victims were transported to a nearby hospital.

Van Wyk said:

The motive for the attack is possibly extortion. Delft police are investigating three counts of attempted murder.

The City has since beefed up security at the site.

"Law enforcement agencies are monitoring the situation, and the City would like to make it clear that it will not tolerate criminal attacks, community interference or acts of extortion against its projects," said the City's Mayco Member for Human Settlements Malusi Booi.

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"Members of the community are encouraged to stand with the City for the benefit of 3 300 beneficiaries from some of the most vulnerable areas, including Blikkiesdorp, Malawi Camp and Freedom Farm."

Booi said anonymous tip-offs could be reported to 0800 1100 77, with a reward of R5 000 offered for information that would lead to arrests.

The project is expected to be completed towards the end of 2026.

"We are committed to seeing this project to its conclusion in the agreed-to timelines to the benefit of some of our most vulnerable beneficiaries. Project timelines have not been impacted by the recent incident, but it is absolutely critical that members of the community help us to complete this project without further bloodshed," said Booi.

"Anonymous tip-offs and information leading to the arrest of criminals targeting the project will help to safeguard the project."

Booi added that the City's law enforcement agencies and the South African Police Service were consulted. He said criminal cases were opened with the police, and additional on-site security had been implemented.

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