Mitchells Plain residents praised for giving police leads in mass shooting case

The local community policing forum's Byron de Villiers said that residents were brave to have given detectives information on Saturday's shooting.

Police and paramedic services at the scene of a shooting in Montclair, Mitchells Plain on 16 October 2021. Picture: Supplied

CAPE TOWN - A Mitchells Plain community leader said that the arrests made for a deadly shooting in the area were thanks to information from residents.

A woman was killed and seven other people - among them children - were wounded in Saturday's attack. The victims were attending a birthday party at the time.

The local Community Policing Forum's Byron de Villiers said that residents were brave to have given detectives information on Saturday's shooting.

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“There were some leads given by the community, and that was obviously followed up. If we could have more of that type of interaction, there would be less and less crime, to be honest."

But he feared that there would be more violence.

Additional police and law enforcement officers have been deployed to the area.

De Villiers said there were reports of another shooting from Sunday night.

"We have shots fired all over the show and especially when it's a rainy or windy night...you will hear how the sounds echo. But there's always shootings, you know, there are so many guns on the road, it is ridiculous."

The three suspects arrested for Saturday's attack will be in court this week.

BLAME ON LACK OF POLICE RESOURCES

Community Safety MEC Albert Fritz has linked the mass shooting to a lack of police resources.

He has welcomed the swift arrests but remained very concerned: “Mandalay is normally not an area that has high levels of gang violence, so we're very interested in knowing what the motive is here.”

Fritz and Premier Alan Winde will be meeting with provincial police commissioner Thembisile Patekile for a briefing on police's response to the shooting.

“This is an illustration of the lack of police resources in a place like Mitchells Plain or Lentegeur. Even if you phone for a police van while the people (suspects) are there, it's going to be very unlikely to get police to come out.”

In February, there were two mass shootings in Mitchells Plain in which 10 people were shot and six died.

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