Delft triple murder: Police launch manhunt for suspects

South African Police Service (SAPS) spokesperson in Cape Town, Brigadier Novela Potelwa, said the shooting took place in the Jerusalem informal settlement in Delft South shortly before 21:00.

The three victims – men, aged 32 and 22 – succumbed to their gunshot wound injuries and were declared dead at the scene by paramedics.

“Reports allege that yet-to-be-identified gunmen opened fire on the three victims at about 20:50 on Sunday evening and fled. The motive for the shooting incident is yet to be determined,” said Potelwa.

Members of the public with knowledge of the incident are encouraged to contact the police via the Crime Stop number – 08600-10111.

On Wednesday, 30 March, three men were shot in the head in an informal settlement in Southfield near Diep River.

Information gathered on the scene suggested that a group of armed suspects with flashlights stopped their vehicles close to the crime scene at 22:00, approached the victims on foot and fired several shots,” said Potelwa on that occasion.

KHAYELITSHA SHOOTINGS

Midway through March, seaside homes were riddled with bullets after an unknown number of gunmen opened fire. Four men and a woman – aged between 25 and 35 – died on 14 March.

Potelwa said reports indicate that the unknown suspects approached shacks located at the Monwabisi Park informal settlement in Endlovini and opened fire.

No arrests have been made thus far.

A week later, on 20 March, six people were shot and killed in the Enkanini informal settlement in Khayelitsha.

A suspect named Thando Shuba was arrested in connection with the Enkanini shooting. His defence claims he is innocent and has an alibi.

The accused has made two court appearances before the Khayelitsha Magistrate’s Court. On Tuesday he was remanded in custody until Friday, 8 April.

National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) spokesperson Eric Ntabazalila said the court was told that the investigating officer still needs to verify the video footage, which is being used as an alibi by Shuba.

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