Gugulethu mass shooting: No new leads, perpetrators still on the run - police

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Police Minister Bheki Cele.
Police Minister Bheki Cele.
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  • Police are working around the clock investigating the killing of eight people in Gugulethu.
  • Bheki Cele has admitted that police are having difficulty because of a lack of resources in the area.
  • The shooting took place at a traditional ceremony on Wednesday afternoon.

Police are struggling to make a breakthrough after eight people were killed in Gugulethu this week.

According to police, there has been no new leads, despite a 72-hour activation plan initiated to find the gunmen.

Police spokesperson Joseph Swartbooi said detectives were working around the clock.

"Our seasoned detectives are working around the clock to find the perpetrators responsible for this mass shooting in Gugulethu. The suspects, who fled the scene, are still on the run and are yet to be arrested."

The shooting took place at a traditional ceremony on Wednesday afternoon. Five people died on the scene, while two died in hospital. On Thursday morning, a third person succumbed in hospital.

READ | Eighth person dies after shooting spree at traditional ceremony in Gugulethu

Police Minister Bheki Cele visited the area on Thursday morning.

Cele admitted, during the visit, that police were having difficulty because of a lack of resources in the area.

"If this was another place, we would have found CCTV footage, but because it's in this area, we are unable to find CCTV footage. These are the issues we have been raising with other levels of government... that why, if you go to other places, the place is green, and has CCTV cameras.

"If you come here, there are no cameras... this would have assisted us."

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 24: Minister of pol
Minister of police Bheki Cele visited the scene following the killing of eight people in Gugulethu on June 23, 2021 in Cape Town.

Mayoral committee member for safety and security, JP Smith, said there were 11 cameras in Gugulethu, all installed along strategic locations within the suburb, with many more in the pipeline.

"The City has cameras in Gugulethu, which the police have access to, via a case number/subpoena, and also via the Promotion of Access to Information Act through the City's Legal Services. The City of Cape Town is continuously working to increase its CCTV footprint."

Smith said it is a massive undertaking, cost-wise, and especially because of the lack of infrastructure in some areas.

"Vandalism and theft of existing infrastructure – particularly cables – are an ongoing frustration that we are trying to address."

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Gugulethu CPF chairperson Thembinkosi Mjuza said: "We have been discussing this issue of lack of CCTV cameras in areas. How do we justify a small percent of officers to cover our areas?

"As the CPF, we are encouraging our community to assist the police. It can be one of the main intelligence in our communities, and it will support in bringing perpetrators to book."

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