VICTIM: Keanu Green, 17, killed in Bonteheuwel
The 17-year-old suspect, who was acquitted of the murder of train driver Piet Botha, has been murdered near his home.

Keanu Green was shot and killed in an apparent drive-by shooting on the corners of Mahogany Street and Bonteheuwel Avenue in Bonteheuwel on Friday close to 8pm.

Police spokesperson, Captain FC van Wyk, confirms the shooting: “Circumstances surrounding a shooting incident on 5 July at about 7.56pm at the corners of Mahogany Street and Bonteheuwel Avenue, Bonteheuwel where a 17-year-old man was fatally wounded are under investigation.

“A murder case was registered for investigation.”

Keanu, who was facing charges of murder, robbery, possession of an Illegal firearm and possession of illegal ammunition, was acquitted at the Cape High Court in May.

Piet, a train driver, had been standing at Netreg Station, Bonteheuwel when he was confronted by three men who robbed him of his bag and cellphone on 11 July 2016.

Police recovered a 9mm Uzi and seven rounds of ammunition from Cedric Andrews, 39, who was arrested in Bonteheuwel.

He was convicted of being in possession of an illegal firearm and ammunition and was sentenced to an effective eight years imprisonment.

Jatheme Hamid and Dorian Diedericks, who are 18 and 19 years old respectively, were sentenced to 25 years in jail for Piet’s murder.

They also received three years behind bars in terms of the Contravention of the Prevention of Organised Crime Act (POCA), 12 years for robbery with aggravating circumstances, eight years for the possession of a prohibited firearm, and two years for the possession of ammunition.

The sentences will run concurrently.

They were all members of the Young Dixie Boys (YDB) in Bonteheuwel.

When acquitting Keanu, Judge Mark Sher told the teen he hopes he will now change his life around.

The Daily Voice attempted to reach Keanu’s family, but they did not respond to queries.

The family posted a message on Facebook, asking Keanu to rest in peace and saying they will miss him.

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