13 people murdered in Khayelitsha on weekend, 11 suspects arrested in Sea Point
This article has been updated: Western Cape Integrated task team reports 11 suspects were detained in the early hours of Monday morning.
The task team comprising Lockdown II forces, intelligence officials, organised crime detectives and a combat contingent pounced on the suspects at a hotel in Sea Point at about 3:00 in the morning.SAPS statement
Africa Melane speaks to Eldred De Klerk Senior policing and Social conflict specialist at Africa Centre for Security and Intelligence Praxis.
De Klerk says it seems well organised and carefully orchestrated and the alleged perpetrators were seemingly well resourced.
The fact that they could check into a hotel immediately after the event means they had the resources to hide and most likely were escaping possible vigilante justice in Khayelitsha.Eldred De Klerk, Senior policing and Social conflict specialist - Africa Centre for Security and Intelligence Praxis
He says vigilantism is a major concern.
The extortion of small businesses including foreign national run spaza and corner shops has been going on for a long time, he notes.
It's been on our radar for a long time but the fact that this extortion has escalated from that, to extortion of bigger entities, businesses, and households has made it even more serious.Eldred De Klerk, Senior policing and Social conflict specialist - Africa Centre for Security and Intelligence Praxis
People are afraid to talk to the police for fear of reprisals, he notes.
The fact that the police have introduced an anonymous tipline needs to be lauded. The fact that they worked the information they got and arrested suspects is heartening.Eldred De Klerk, Senior policing and Social conflict specialist - Africa Centre for Security and Intelligence Praxis
Listen to Eldred De Klerk in the audio below:
Eyewitness News reported that the first killing happened in RR section early on Saturday morning. Police later discovered another body alongside an undisclosed amount of cash. In the following hours, a string of shootings occurred that is alleged to be a series of retaliatory killings.
Earlier on the breakfast show Brigadier Novela Potelwa spoke to Refilwe Moloto about the shootings in Khayelitsha at the weekend that left many dead and seven seriously wounded.
The death toll has now risen to 13.Brigadier Novela Potelwa, Head Of Corporate Communication - SAPS Western Cape
SAPS are in pursuit of known suspects.Brigadier Novela Potelwa, Head Of Corporate Communication - SAPS Western Cape
Additional police have been deployed to the area and there is currently a large police presence in Khayelitsha.
Additional police reinforcements were brought in from Gauteng, she says.
Listen to the interview in the audio below:
#sapsWC Update: Police deployments reinforced in Khayelitsha as organised crime detectives probe several shootings that left 11 dead & 7 seriously wounded. Anyone with info that could assist in the arrest of the perpetrators, call #CrimeStop #MySAPSApp MEhttps://t.co/OK9tgA0bFS pic.twitter.com/5sfs2uAiee— SA Police Service 🇿🇦 (@SAPoliceService) May 16, 2021
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