DOCS writes to the NPA following release of known hitman on R1500 bail
The Minister of Community Safety, Albert Fritz, notes with grave concern the release of an alleged gang hitman on R1500 bail from Athlone Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday. Mustakim Scullard (20) faced murder charges but was released on bail as the magistrate explained that it was his first offence.
The Department of Community Safety has written to the National Prosecuting Authority to obtain further information on the circumstances of his release on bail. The Court Watching Brief Unit has further been requested to monitor the case.
Scullard reportedly approached two rival gang members and shot both. The 34-year-old victim escaped. However, the 19-year-old victim was shot and killed at close range. Scullard was identified by witnesses and was arrested two days later in Nellie Court. He was found in possession of a 9mm pistol and 16 live rounds.
Minister Fritz said, “While it is important to take into consideration whether a perpetrator is a first-time offender, this should be considered in terms of the context and nature of the crime. Scullard is a known gang hitman and it is incredibly concerning that he has been released on bail.”
Based on a docket analysis conducted by SAPS, in the cases where the circumstances of murder were known, it is reported that of the 63 gang-related murders in the country, 59 were in the Western Cape. Gangs are attributed with being the causative factor throughout the country in 59 cases of assault GBH and 59 cases of attempted murder.
Minister Fritz continued, “Gangsterism is a huge contributor towards violent crime in our province. Each level of government must work together to ensure that no stone is left unturned in the fight against this social ill. Our police officials’ hard work should not be met with poor prosecution or the release of a known hitman back onto our streets, putting the lives of innocent and vulnerable people at risk.”
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Cayla Ann Tomás Murray
Spokesperson for Minister Albert Fritz
Tel: 021 483 8550
Cell: 064 121 7959