Minister Fritz calls for calm following shooting of William 'Red' Stevens
The Minister of Community Safety, Albert Fritz, calls for calm in Kraaifontein following the shooting and killing of alleged gang-boss, William “Red” Stevens, at his residence in Kraaifontein, yesterday evening.
SAPS in the Western Cape have advised that the circumstances surrounding the death of a 66-year-old man are being investigated after he was shot and killed at approximately 18:35 last night. Following the shooting, three unknown suspects fled the scene and are yet to be arrested.
Stevens was one of three suspects, arrested on 23 December 2020 in connection with the murder of international steroid smuggler, Brian Wainstein, on 18 August 2017. His co-accused included Mark Lifman and Jerome “Donkie” Booysen. The trio were due to appear in court on 9 February 2021. At the time of his shooting, he and his co-accused were out on bail for R100 000 each.
Minister Fritz said, “I call for calm in Kraaifontein, and particularly Scottsville. Upon hearing of Mr Stevens death, my Department immediately contacted the SAPS’ provincial joints committee to understand their response to maintain calm in the area. We cannot allow our communities to become places of instability or violence.”
Minister Fritz added, “The investigation into this shooting is underway. As such, I call on anyone with information which could assist SAPS in their investigation to immediately come forward and report such either to their local SAPS station, by calling Crime Stop on 08600 10111 or using the tip off function on the MySAPS cellphone application.”
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