Young girl 'traumatised' after CPT shooting

Relatives of five Pakistani men killed in Mitchells Plain need trauma counselling.

Relatives of five men who were shot dead in a house in Mitchells Plain on 19 March 2013. Picture: Regan Thaw/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Relatives of the five Pakistani men who were shot dead in Mitchell's Plain must go for trauma counselling, Western Cape Community Safety MEC Dan Plato said on Thursday.

Plato met with the families of the five men on Thursday.

Earlier this week gunmen entered a home in Rocklands, which was apparently being used as a bakery, and gunned down five people.

The exact motive behind the incident is unclear, although it has been speculated it was a hit over a business rivalry.

Plato said a 12-year-old girl, who was inside the house at the time of the shooting, needs urgent counselling.

"The girl who was present is traumatised; she was hysterical and doesn't want to live there anymore. I can understand that clearly. From the government's side, we condemn this senseless killing."

He said the incident sends a bad message of South Africa to the rest of the world.

"It's not right to attack any person, irrespective of whether that person is a foreign national or South African."

Police have since arrested a 28-year-old man, recovered a firearm and a safe that was taken when the shooting took place.