Cops probe gang link in fatal shooting

A 34-year-old man was shot & killed in Mitchells Plain on Saturday.

A chart showing gang violence hotspots in Cape Town communities. Picture: Chantall Presence/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Police are investigating a murder case after a Mitchells Plain man was gunned down in a suspected gang shooting this weekend.

The 34-year-old man was fatally wounded on the corners of Paulsberg Street and Spine Road on Saturday.

In another incident on the same evening in Scottsville, Kraaifontein, a 22-year-old man was taken to hospital after he was shot several times by an unknown man.

No arrests have yet been made in either case.

Earlier this month, the Western Cape Community Policing Board said it was concerned about a fresh outbreak of gang violence in some Cape Town communities.

The board said it believed the drug trade was at the heart of the matter.

The Delft Community Policing Forum said residents were afraid to leave their homes.

In recent weeks, a number of people have been shot dead in Delft, Mitchells Plain, Kraaifontein and Elsies River.

Last week, teenager Glenrico Martin was shot at his school, Spes Bona High, in Athlone.

He died later in Groote Schuur Hospital. It is believed three men entered the school, which is understood to have metal detectors, and shot Martin in the head before fleeing the scene.

Meanwhile, Western Cape Premier Helen Zille has again called for the police's specialised gang and drug units to be reinstated to fight the scourge of gangsterism in the province.

"The spiral of killings can start anywhere. If someone dies then his fellow gang members [are likely to] take revenge for that death. As I understand from police, it's extraordinarily difficult to determine where it (the gang violence) is going to stick its head out, and that's why we want the specialised drug and gang units back."