Two construction workers shot after City of Cape Town housing project comes under attack

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  • The City's Beacon Valley housing project was targeted on Wednesday.
  • Two construction workers were shot during the hit.
  • This is the fourth targeted shooting incident towards the project.

Western Cape police are investigating a case of attempted murder after two construction workers were shot by unknown suspects this week.

This is the fourth targeted shooting incident with malicious intent towards the Beacon Valley Housing Project in Mitchells Plain.

"In this latest incident, two construction workers were shot, one in both his legs and the other in the chest. The last-mentioned is currently fighting for his life in hospital," mayoral committee member for human settlements, Malusi Booi said.

According to the housing settlements department, this was also the second time petrol bombing was used to damage the construction plant.

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Booi described the attack on the Beacon Valley housing project in Mitchells Plain as "unacceptable, heartbreaking and totally callous".

He added that this latest incident happened on Wednesday, within 24 hours after contractors moved back to site after the previous shootings.

According to the Mitchells Plain Community Policing Forum (CPF) there could be two reasons for the attacks on the City's projects.

Mitchells Plain CPF chairman Norman Jantjies told News24:

One could be extortion, and another reason could be the allocation of contracts. The people are unhappy about the contractors and sub-contractors.

He added that the City does not involve the community in the decision-making process, hence some people resort to violence.

Jantjies however condemned the acts of violence, saying this could have been prevented.

"We are against any sort of criminal behaviour. People do have the right to protest however, they should do so by following the law," Jantjies added.

He added that it is unfortunate that people will now wait even longer to move into their new homes that the City is building for them.

Both contractors who were working on the site have since halted all work. 

The housing project that is set to provide affordable housing opportunities to 1 809 qualifying beneficiaries was initially expected to be completed during the 2024/25 financial year.

However, due to the attacks, the City said the new completion date will be determined after assessments have been made.

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