19 September 2017

South Africa: Gangsters Shoot At Police in Cape Town

Shocking video footage of apparent gangsters turning on and then shooting at police in Hanover Park has emerged in an incident in which a teen was killed and officers injured.

This incident has played out as gang violence seems to be growing in the Western Cape.

News24 understands that members of the police's stabilisation unit came under fire on Tuesday in Hanover Park, a gang hot spot about 17km from the Cape Town city centre.

Footage shows officers running away as men approach them.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Andre Traut said on Tuesday the circumstances surrounding the incident were under investigation.

He said an 18-year-old was killed in Erie Court.

"A suspect was arrested. Police officers were injured during the incident," Traut said, adding that "the finer aspects will be released at a later stage".

Gang violence has recently surged in various areas around Cape Town. Several children have been caught up in the crossfire.

On September 9, Aqeel Davids, 9, was caught in apparent gang crossfire in his Ocean View home. He was wounded and later died in hospital.Barely a month before that, on August 3, a 7-year-old boy, Ezra Daniels, was shot dead in Grassy Park.

A national anti-gang strategy is on the cards.

The origin of guns used by gangsters is already the focus of a mammoth countrywide firearms smuggling investigation, headed by the Hawks.

After a total of 33 firearms were stolen from two police stations in Cape Town about a month ago - thefts which Police Minister Fikile Mbalula said were carried out with the help of police - an audit is to be done on the guns at all stations in the Western Cape.

Source: News24

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