Five men have been arrested following a shooting in Beacon Valley, which claimed the life of a 10 year old boy on Tuesday evening. Western Cape police said they arrested five men aged between 20 and 31 years following an attack on the 10 year old minor and two others in Rolbal Street.
SAPS received information from community members which resulted in a full scale operation being conducted on Wednesday afternoon which led to the arrest of these suspects at a house in Loftus Street, Beacon Valley.
Police spokesperson Tembinkosi Kinana said once they are charged, these suspects will soon appear in the Mitchell’s Plain Magistrate Court on charges relating to murder and attempted murder. Police has expressed appreciation to the police as well as the community who assisted the police in the arrest of the suspects.
Meanwhile, Mitchells Plain Community Policing Forum chairperson Abie Isaacs said the CPF condemned the incident in the highest regard.
The CPF has extended their condolences to families that have been affected by the incident.
“We also want to implore the community and SAPS for their rapid reaction and arresting five suspects,” added Isaacs.
At this stage the reason behind the shooting is unknown. Authorities have yet to confirm the root of this incident and whether it is gang related.
Isaacs said that the CPF will continue with their campaign in mobilising the community against crime. The community should come out in their numbers in order to oppose bail for these suspects.
Communities should also be more involved and feed information to the CPF or to SAPS in order to make more arrests, added Isaacs.
Isaacs said this will result as is now evident in the speedy arrest of those perpetrators. VOC (Imogen Vollenhoven)