LATEST CASUALTY: Eugene van Coller. Photo: Supplied
LATEST CASUALTY: Eugene van Coller. Photo: Supplied
VICTIM: Christopher Koopman.  Photo: Supplied
VICTIM: Christopher Koopman. Photo: Supplied
KILLED IN WAR ZONE: Dalton Williams.  Photo: Supplied
KILLED IN WAR ZONE: Dalton Williams. Photo: Supplied
MURDERED: Lee Roy Milhlem. Photo: Supplied
MURDERED: Lee Roy Milhlem. Photo: Supplied
GUNNED DOWN: Dillon Montgomery. Photo: Supplied
GUNNED DOWN: Dillon Montgomery. Photo: Supplied
Just hours after Ocean View residents held an anti-crime march and handed over a memorandum to cops begging for more police visibility, a fifth person was brutally killed.

In the past month, Dillon Montgomery, Lee Roy Milhlem, Dalton Williams and Christopher Koopman have all been gunned down.

Wednesday morning police were called to another murder scene in Eagle Street where the body of Eugene van Coller was found.

Eugene had been in prison and was released on Friday.

JP Smith, Mayco Member for Safety and Security, blamed under-staffing at Ocean View SAPS for the increase in bloodshed.

He has since undertaken to deploy more Metro Police in the area to assist SAPS.

On Sunday, about 1 000 residents marched to Ocean View SAPS and handed a memorandum over to the Station Commander, Lieutenant Colonel Monwabisi Buzwayo, who told residents the biggest problem he faced was cooperation from the community.

He said the homes of several residents had been searched last week after they received a tip-off that criminals were hiding there, but found nothing.

He confirms that a case of murder has been opened for Eugene’s killing.

Residents said the area has turned into a war zone with skollies shooting randomly, and children on school holiday are too afraid to play outside.

They are demanding a curfew between 9.30pm and 3am, visible policing, better lighting and for men in hooded jackets and those riding bikes to be stopped and searched “as they are usually the ones doing the shooting”.

A resident, who asked not to be identified for safety reasons, says although the community know who the gunmen are, people are afraid to speak up as they may be targeted next.

Almal ken die gun skieters, we all know who the killers are here,” the resident said.

It’s believed infighting between the Junkie Funkies gang is behind the violence.

Thalia Wyngaard, of the organisation Lets- HelpEachOther Ocean View, says: “We are sick and tired of the murders in Ocean View, we want solutions. We want police to step up.”

Smith called on top cops to increase the numbers at the police station.

“Across South Africa the average is one police officer for every 369 members of the public and in Cape Town there is only one police officer for every 560 members of the public,” Smith says.

“As a result, some 85% of the police stations in Cape Town are under-resourced.

“This needs to be corrected urgently by the national minister.”

Ward Councillor Patricia Francke says a meeting with Smith and Community Safety MEC will take place this week, and urged residents to attend.

“There will be a meeting on Thursday at the Multipurpose Centre in Ocean View at 6:30pm,” Francke says.

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