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7 Apr 2019
9:40 am

Multidisciplinary police task force to hunt killers of seven people in spate of Gauteng shootings


Gauteng police commissioner Lt-Gen Elias Mawela has appointed a multidisciplinary task team to work around the clock.

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They are working to find the killers of seven people in Springs, Tsakane and KwaThema in Ekurhuleni this weekend.

Seven other people were admitted to hospital with gunshot wounds and others had since been discharged, Colonel Lungelo Dlamini said.

Although the motive for the shooting and killing by a group of people was still being investigated, police were looking at the possibility that some of the killings may be related to rival gangs involved in collecting trash at the Rietfontein landfill (dumpsite) and drugs turf wars in KwaThema, he said.

Two of the bodies were found with gunshot wounds at the dumpsite on Friday morning in Springs. Late Friday afternoon, two other bodies of men aged 27 and 30 were found in Tsakane, where two other people were also wounded during an attack by a group of about eight people who shot at people randomly.

One vehicle was also damaged in the process. It was suspected that the group armed with handguns were travelling in two vehicles. Eight other people were also attacked while they were sitting in a shack at an informal settlement in KwaThema. Three died, aged between 26 and 41, and five others were taken to the hospital. It was suspected that the motive for the attack was drug-related. The provincial commissioner was confident that these killers would be brought to book very soon, as police were following positive leads on the killers, Dlamini said.

“In condemning these killings, I am also appealing to the communities to isolate criminal gangs and work with the police,” Mawela said. Cases of murder, attempted murder, and malicious damage to property were being investigated.

Police appealed to anyone with information about the shootings to contact the nearest police station or crime stop at 08600-1011. Any information would be treated anonymously and confidentially. A reward may also be offered for any information that may lead to the arrest of the killers and other people involved in serious and violent crimes.

– African News Agency (ANA)

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