It has been another weekend of violence on the Cape Flats in Cape Town, this time in Hanover Park.
Some ten days ago, Police Minister Fikile Mbalula deployed large amounts of police into the Phillipi area after eleven people were killed in a night of violence in the Marikana informal settlement.
This weekend, three police officers were wounded on Saturday afternoon and two residents were killed.
Lt Col Andre Traut, Western Cape Saps spokesperson, says the violence erupted at approximately 3.45pm on Saturday afternoon when a 30-year-old male was shot and wounded in Hanover Park. Shortly after that, fifteen minutes later, a thirty-two-year-old man was shot and killed.
We immediately deployed additional forces to the area to quell the violence. We sent in our stabilisation unit which came under fire while patrolling. That occurred at around 17h30.— Lt Col Andre Traut, SAPS Spokesperson in Western Cape
Three police officers were then wounded. We then immediately evacuated the area and took them to a medical facility where they were treated.— Lt Col Andre Traut, SAPS Spokesperson in Western Cape
Traut explains that more officers from Operation Combat were sent to the area and sixteens arrests for public violence were made.
Hanover Park is one of identified areas for gang related crimes but its not like we're sitting back doing nothing.— Lt Col Andre Traut, SAPS Spokesperson in Western Cape
Traut says they deploy a large number of police officers in the area, use crime intelligence, regular patrols and various other interventions to quell the crime.
Listen to the clip below for the full interview:
This article first appeared on 702 : Three police officers wounded, two residents killed in Hanover Park