Strand police are investigating a double murder after the bodies of two males, aged 27 and 34, were discovered by community members lying on an open field yesterday morning with gunshot wounds.
According to residents, the two were shot in Wilhelmina Schaeffer Street, Strand, at around 6am, while many were on their way to work.
It is suspected that the shooting was gang-related.
“The circumstances surrounding this fatal shooting incident are under investigation,” said SAPS’ FC van Wyk.
Scores of residents gathered where the bodies were found.
Strand community policing forum (CPF) spokesperson Niklaas Thysen condemned the shooting and called for the community to work with law enforcement agencies to apprehend the suspects.
“The shooting is gang-related and, as the CPF, we condemn it.
“These shootings have been happening for some time, and they either happen late at night or early in the morning,” he told Weekend Argus.
“It’s about turf, control, and some wanting to quit gangsterism or joining rival gangs.
“We are working to engage all stakeholders to intervene as a matter of urgency,” he added.
Police asked anyone with information about the shooting incident to contact Lieutenant Colonel FW Plaatjies on 021 854 9100 or 10111.