Man shot dead in Elsies River

A 36-year-old man was killed in Elsies River this morning.

A 36-year-old man was killed in Elsies River this morning. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - A 36-year-old man was shot and killed in Elsies River early on Friday morning.

The police's Tembinkosi Kinana said, "It appears that two men shot him. The motive for the killing is unknown at this stage. Police have opened a murder case which is now being investigated. We have not yet identified any suspects. At this stage we cannot say whether it is gang related or not."

Meanwhile, police also said no arrests have yet been made in connection with the murder of a Belhar scrap dealer.

The 33-year-old man was gunned down and robbed on Wednesday evening.

Kinana said, "It appears that the victim was targeted for his legal firearm. He's alleged to have been visiting a girlfriend when he was attacked."

At least 20 people, including two school pupils, have been killed in suspected gang-related shootings in Cape Town over the last month.

The apparent surge in gang violence is believed to be related to ongoing turf wars and control of the local drug trade.

Last month a 16-year-old boy was gunned down in Rocklands, Mitchells Plain. The two gunmen fled the scene.

A day later Western Cape police arrested a man for allegedly stabbing two people at a funeral in Mitchells Plain. One of the victims died at the scene, while the other was taken to hospital. Police said they couldn't confirm whether the attack was gang-related.

Two weeks ago a teenage boy in Delft was beaten and stabbed to death in what is also suspected to be a gang-related incident.

The 15-year-old was walking to a friend's house when he was attacked by alleged gang members on Friday night.

Two arrests have since been made.