A young dad from Manenberg was gunned down while walking to buy food for his children.
The heartbroken family of Moegamat Sharief Solomons, 20, were left traumatised after hearing how he begged for his life as the gunman continued shooting.
Shortly after 8pm on Friday, a large crowd gathered in Ruimte Road as Sharief fought for his life after being shot four times.
Uncle Waleed Rajap says the dad of two, who worked as an alarm technician for a security company in Table View, had returned home from work and walked to a nearby shop when the shots rang out.
“It happened within minutes. Sharief went to the shop to get food for his daughter and there were people sitting in the road and he stopped to talk to them,” he says.
“A witness who saw the shooting told us after he was shot once, he fell on the floor and shouted he is not a gangster, but the shooter stood over him and still fired.
“His parents rushed to the scene and he was taken to Heideveld Day Hospital where he was declared dead.”
SAPS’ Joseph Swartbooi, confirms the shooting and says the shooters fired numerous shots from a vehicle.
“A 20-year-old man was declared deceased at the hospital whilst a 46-year-old man is in a stable condition.
“The motive for the attack is unknown.
“The unknown suspects fled the scene and are yet to be arrested. Manenberg police are investigating cases of murder and attempted murder.”
Rajap says the shooting has left the family shocked and traumatised as Sharief’s two young daughters will now grow up without a father.
He says after doing casual work for the security company, he was due to sign a permanent contract a day after he was mercilessly killed.
“He was casualling for them for some time and he died just one day before signing his permanent contract.
“His parents and girlfriend are heartbroken and cannot believe he would be killed like that when he wasn’t a gangster.”
Sharief’s janaazah was held yesterday and he was laid to rest at Klip Road cemetery.