Minister Fritz outraged by continued gang violence | Western Cape Government


Minister Fritz outraged by continued gang violence

4 June 2020



Date: 4 June 2020

Release: immediately

Minister Fritz outraged by continued gang violence

The Minister of Community Safety, Albert Fritz, has condemned in the strongest terms the shooting which led to the death of both Moegamat Johnson (31) and his two-year-old child in Bonteheuwel, whilst walking together in the street. Minister Fritz has expressed his outrage, calling on SAPS to leave no stone unturned in their investigation. 

Mr Johnson was allegedly killed in a drive-by shooting on the corner of Tolbos and Bonteheuwel avenue on Wednesday evening. Mr Johnson died on the scene last night. His son, Zhario, was critically wounded in the shooting and succumbed to his injuries in hospital this morning.

Minister Fritz said, “Since the weekend, we have seen a spike in alleged gang-related shootings within Manenberg, Lentegeur, Boneheuwel, Beacon Valley, Lavender Hill, amongst others. There have been numerous incidents in which children have been affected by the renewed violence that has broken out since we shifted to alert level 3 of the lockdown.”

“Gangs are taking advantage of the reduced alert level to settle scores and cause havoc in communities. We will not allow this to happen. Despite our response to COVID-19, the Western Cape Government has not abrogated its commitment to making communities safe. The Western Cape Safety Plan remains committed to halving the murder rate over the next ten years. As such, my Department will continue to work with SAPS, LEAP, Neighbourhood Watches, Community Police Forums, and all other stakeholders to put a stop to the harm caused by gangs,” said Minister Fritz.

Minister Fritz added, “I wish to relay my heartfelt condolences to the Johnson family and to their friends during this difficult time. I am outraged by the spate of gang-related shootings that we are seeing. SAPS have advised me that they are investigating the matter and that the Anti-Gang Unit and other resources have been deployed in areas which are currently experiencing a flare in gang-related violence. SAPS must ensure that no stone remains unturned and that perpetrators are arrested and convicted speedily.”

Minister Fritz continued, “Anyone with any information which could lead to the arrest of the perpetrators should immediately report such either to their local SAPS or by calling 08600 10111.”

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