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CT traffic cop dies in hospital

A traffic officer, who was shot in the head in Lavender Hill, has died in hospital.

A man died after he was shot in Lavender Hill on 3 April 2013. Picture: Shamiela Fisher/EWN

CAPE TOWN - A traffic officer who was shot in Lavender Hill on Wednesday morning has died in hospital, a City of Cape Town official confirmed.

The incident occurred while the traffic officer was issuing a fine on Prince George Drive.

Another man, who is believed to be a gang member, was killed in the shooting.

The city's JP Smith said, "Our sincere and truly heartfelt condolences to his family. He was a very young man to lose his life this way. We're hoping that the shooters will be brought to book."

The police's Fredrick van Wyk said, "One of the traffic officials pulled over a vehicle and while he was busy writing a traffic violation fine, two unidentified males came out of Lavender Hill and just randomly shot at the driver of the Toyota Corolla."

Meanwhile, the Steenberg Community Policing Forum says it is a tragedy that an innocent traffic official lost his life while doing his job.

Steenberg CPF chairman Kevin Southgate says four people have died in shooting incidents in Lavender Hill since the start of the Easter weekend.

"It's a tragedy because it was a traffic officer who was just doing his job. His death highlights the vulnerability of our law enforcement officers."

At the same time, some Lavender Hill residents fear there is still more violence to come.

One woman says there have been several shooting incidents in the area since Good Friday.

"Our lives are in danger. We are not safe."