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Task team to probe Kraaifontein murder

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Western Cape police chief General Arno Lamoer plans on creating a special task team to investigate the origin of the six bodies found in Cape Town’s Kraaifontein area. The bludgeoned bodies of six as-yet unidentified men were discovered by residents living near Kraaifontein’s Joostenberg-vlakte in an area that serves as a dumping ground.

Lamoer on Thursday said he has appointed investigators from Kraaifontein to handle the case in a specially assigned task team. The multiple murder, appeared to have been committed outside of the area, shook the usually restive town on the outskirts of the Metropole.

“We really want to resolve this as soon as possible that is why I have appointed a group of people that will support the Kraaifontein detectives under one of the Majors at the station. This is so that we are able to identify who the killers may be as well as identifying the names of the bodies found there.”

Kraaifontein Community Policing Forum chairperson Mawethu Sila told VOC News that murders and severe crimes such as these are not common in Kraaifontein.

“Right now we don’t know very much, but this kind of thing is not normal here,” he said.

He also said the normally peaceful community is not used to this level of violent crime, although gangs can be found in the nearby Scottsville and Bernadino Heights suburbs.

“Hopefully we will find out that whoever did this is not from this area. And hopefully the police will be able to find out what took place and find whoever is responsible.”

Police have appealed to anyone who may be holding information on the multiple killing to come forward to aid their investigation. Anyone with information can call investigating officer Detective Warrant Officer Van der Heever at 082 7185 461, 021 980 5558 and Crime Stop on 08600 10111. VOC (Andriques Che Petersen)

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