Nyanga CPF: Shooting involving MEC should serve as wake-up call to govt

Western Cape Social Development MEC Albert Fritz, his spokesperson and two bodyguards were attacked outside a church in Nyanga on Saturday.

FILE: Western Cape Social Development MEC Albert Fritz. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Nyanga Community Policing Forum says a shooting involving the Western Cape Social Development MEC is a wake-up call for the government about the severity of crime in the area.

Albert Fritz, his spokesperson Sihle Ngobese and his two bodyguards were attacked by two suspects outside a church in Nyanga on Saturday.

One suspect was shot dead and the other wounded.

Nyanga CPF secretary Dumisani Qwebe says Saturday’s shooting should serve as a wake-up call for all government departments to work together to fight crime in the area.

“Nyanga crime needs all government departments to be onboard. Because you one department trying to stop crime in the area.”

Qwebe says a man was stabbed hours after the shooting incident, in the same road.

Fritz agrees with Qwebe, saying the incident has spurred him on to put even more effort into working with youth in crime-ridden areas.

“As we tackle crime on all angles, no young person must be killed on the streets for a cellphone. And we must stop children going into crime, so all departments can keep people safe.”

Fritz was going to attend a Democratic Alliance youth event in Nyanga before the shooting happened.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)