Three killed in gang attacks



June 20, 2016
Three killed in gang attacks

SCENE: Woman points where Sonwabo was shot in Elsies River. CREDIT: Patrick Louw

ANC member’s teen boy among the dead.

An ANC member’s teenage son is among three people shot dead in gang-related attacks on the Cape Flats.

On Thursday night, two people were killed in a shootout between the Terrible Josters and the G-Unit gangs in Ravensmead.

At 6.30pm, a man believed to be in his twenties was shot and wounded in Geranium Road, Ravensmead.

The man, believed to be a Terrible Joster, was rushed to hospital where he later died.

Less than an hour later, a 30-year-old G-Unit gangster was gunned down in what’s believed to have been a revenge attack in Hanekom Street, Ravensmead.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Andre Traut says a man in his twenties was arrested for the second murder.

“Our investigation led to the arrest of a suspect in his twenties. He is due in court (today),” Traut says.

Meanwhile, long-time member of the African National Congress, Caroline Peter, 59, is still trying to make sense of her son’s brutal murder.

Sonwabo “Boetie” Witbooi, 17, was gunned down near his Elsies River home in Bourne Road on Friday while speaking to two female friends.

Caroline was visiting family in Mfuleni at the time.

“He was first hit in his buttocks then he was shot in his head three times,” she tells the Daily Voice.

“When I arrived home I still found him lying here.”

During the time of the shooting, members of the ANC Youth League were handing out flyers in nearby 16th Avenue.

“They heard about the shooting and came to the house,” she says.

The party’s Siyazi Tyatyam, a member of the Western Cape provincial legislature, told Weekend Argus the shooting occurred at 3.45pm.

“We were doing door-to-door (campaigning) with the comrades.

“And then we heard about two shots. It was not very far from where we were,” said Tyatyam.

Caroline says she never had to worry about her son being involved in gangsterism.

“My son was not a gangster but he was friends with them (Terrible Josters) so (rivals) must have seen him as one.”

Traut says the matter is still under investigation and no one has been arrested for Sonwabo’s murder yet.

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