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Suspect arrested for Hanover Park murder

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Western Cape police have arrested a suspect in the murder of a 20-year-old man in Hanover Park on Friday.

Police on Friday said the suspect was in his twenties, and was arrested following three shootings in the embattled area on Thursday. Two people were killed and five were injured.

“The suspect is linked to the murder of a 20-year-old male who was shot and killed at 11:15 in Groenall Walk,” Lieutenant Colonel Andre Traut said in a statement.

“The circumstances surrounding the other cases which also occurred yesterday in the area are still receiving our urgent attention.”

The suspect was due to make a court appearance on Monday.

An 8-year-old girl was one of five injured in the three incidents on Thursday, after she was hit by a stray bullet, News24 reported. She has been admitted to hospital.

A 23-year-old man was shot and wounded at the bus terminus in Hanover Park at 05:15 by an unknown suspect who fled the scene.

Four hours later, at 09:10, a 27-year-old man was shot and killed and three others – aged 32, 33 and 40 – were wounded during a shooting incident in Athens Walk in Hanover Park.

Mayoral committee member for safety and security JP Smith told News24 earlier on Friday that the City was helping as best it could, but that this was ultimately an issue for police to deal with.

“We are helping to the extent that we can, but we have 600 metro police officers, while the SAPS has 22 000 [in the metro].

“So far, there is a 2% conviction rate and nothing has come right.”
Reporting by Paul Herman
[Source: News24]

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