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Cape Town violence: Three young boys killed in Elsies River

Cape Town’s Elsies River community is mourning the killings of three young boys. The trio was shot on Friday while trying to get to school.


Police confirmed that one boy of 15 was found lying at the scene after sustaining gunshots, while two others, both 17 years of age, were rushed to the hospital.

“The local police members attended a crime scene, close to Blydoorn and Hendriena court, in Avonwood, at about 8.15am,” said Police spokesperson Warrant Officer Joseph Swartbooi via IOL.

“Upon arrival at the crime scene, they found a 15-year-old male lying on the ground, who sustained gunshot wounds to his body.

“Two 17-year-old boys were transported to a nearby hospital, with private transport, for medical treatment.

“The unknown suspects fled the scene in an undisclosed direction and are yet to be arrested. Elsies River police are investigating a case of attempted murder.”

The local area’s community police forum (CPF), alongside religious leaders, are pleading with gangs to cease fire and restore peace in Elsies River.

“The Elsies River CPF is appealing to the warring parties to declare a ceasefire for the coming Holidays,” said CPF spokesperson Imraahn Mukaddam.

“The senseless violence is ruining young people’s opportunities for a better life. So many service providers want to offer valuable courses, but crime is denying our youth access opportunities.”

Elsewhere in the Cape, two young children were tragically killed in a fire in Kraaifontein’s Wallacedene.

According to the report, the tragedy struck in the early hours of Sunday morning in Sikhobongela Street, Wallacedene.

The two deceased kids lost their young lives after sustaining fatal burn wounds. Fire and rescue services were called to the scene at 01:00.

“Crews from Brackenfell and Kraaifontein were dispatched to the scene where they found a house and a number of informal structures burning, with a strong wind fanning the fire,” said City Fire & Rescue Service spokesperson Jermaine Carelse via SowetanLIVE.

The Kraaifontein fire left several informal settlements burned before the blaze was distinguished around 03:00.

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