The couple was attacked by a man who entered their home in Kiaat Road and opened fire on them on Saturday afternoon shortly before 2pm.
Candice Williams, 35, was shot multiple times and died on the scene while her girlfriend, Tasliema Galant, 31, was left in a critical condition after being shot three times in the chest.
Tasliema was rushed to hospital where emergency surgery was performed to save her life after one bullet missed her heart by “centimetres”.
She remains in a critical condition.
It was alleged by a police source that the house is a Stupa Boy pella pos.
“The community have sent complaints about the house for drugs and guns,” the source claims. “Raids were done, but nothing was ever found.”
However, shocked neighbours said the couple were well-known in Kiaat Road, but were not known to be affiliated to any gang.
The two were known for feeding needy kids in the area.
Bontas ward councillor Angus McKenzie said on Saturday he was horrified by the shooting and called on residents to piemp criminals to cops.
“This shooting breaks a fractured community trying every day to grow stronger and stronger,” he says.
“As a community, we cannot and must not allow the ongoing lawlessness to prevail. We are well aware of the failure of both SAPS and the justice system towards our communities and therefore it becomes critical that, as individuals, we dig deep and stand up to our gangster and drug dealing family members.
“On behalf of the people of Bonteheuwel, our deepest condolences go towards the family of Candice and our prayers during this difficult time for the family of Tasliema.”
Traumatised family members at the scene did not want to comment.
Police spokesperson Sergeant Noloyiso Rwexana says the motive for the shooting is still being investigated.
“Bishop Lavis police are investigating cases of murder and attempted murder following a shooting incident that left a 35-year-old woman fatally wounded while another, 31, was wounded and transported to a medical facility for treatment.
“We appeal to the community, anyone with more information that can assist with the investigation is requested to contact Crime Stop on 08600 10111.”