2 Western Cape men shot dead in separate incidents

Two men were shot dead in less than three hours in separate incidents in the Western Cape on Friday, police said.  

Police spokesperson Captain FC van Wyk said at about 08:44 on Friday police received a complaint of a shooting at a residence on Aandblom Street in Lentegeur.

He said upon arrival at the scene, officers found the body of a 26-year-old man lying in the backyard.

Van Wyk said the man had sustained a gunshot wound to his head. No arrests have been made and the motive behind the murder was unknown, he said.

In a separate incident, a 23-year-old man was found dead on Compassberg Street, Tafelsig, in Mitchells Plain at around 10:40.

Van Wyk said circumstances surrounding the murders were under investigation.

Victims decline to lay charges

Anyone with information is urged to contact investigating officer detective Constable Ricardo Louw of the Lentegeur serious and violent crimes unit on 078 869 1000.

News24 reported on Thursday that a young soccer player returning from practice was among at least six people who were shot in a volley of gunfire between two gangs in Mitchells Plain. One person was killed.

Spokesperson for the Lentegeur Community Policing Forum Anthea van der Vent said some of the people involved in the shooting were known to associate with a gang, but one had nothing to do with gangs.

"He was a boy coming back from soccer," she added.

Van Wyk said four people were shot in another incident in Woodlands on Thursday. The four were taken to hospital for treatment and declined to lay charges.