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‘Worst crime weekend ever’

The Vredenburg police have dubbed the past weekend the “worst crime weekend in history”.

In what appears to be a shooting rampage, two people were killed and another four injured. Police believe the same suspects were involved in all the cases, as all had the same modus operandi.

None of the victims recognised the perpetrators.

According to Vredenburg police spokesperson Capt Tania Helfrich, it appears the suspects had information on their targets. “It can also be assumed the suspects are not from Vredenburg,” she said. Any person with information is asked to phone Sergeant Simon Sokhuthu on 022 703 6464.

Saturday 29 June

;13:55 According to a police report, seven armed men entered the Fine Supermarket in Vredenburg Main Road. They demanded money and without reason shot a 64-year-old shop assistant in the right arm. The suspects fled in a white Volkswagen Polo and a white Toyota Quantum. The registration plates of the Quantum were falsified. At the time of going to print the victim was being treated in a Cape Town hospital.

; 18:55 Armed robbers hit again, this time in Goud Street, Ongegund. Four or five men – the victim cannot recall exactly how many – attacked him and his friends at his home. The robbers demanded money from the 25-year-old owner of two mobile shops, who told them he had no money on the premises. The robbers started shooting his friends in their legs, and four men were wounded. The robbers fled the scene on foot with R5 000 in cash. According to Helfrich, a docket for attempted murder and house robbery was registered. All the men are in a stable condition.

; 20:30 According to a police report, four robbers entered Louwville Liquor store in Kooitjieskloof Street. An argument apparently broke out between the robbers and a customer. One of the robbers tried to assault the customer with a firearm and the customer tried to defend himself when a gunshot went off, and the robbers ran out of the store. “Outside, they forced a bystander out of his white Honda,” the report said. “The bystander started to run and heard two gunshots go off. The 26-year-old Henrico Julius from Louwville, who was waiting for his girlfriend to finish her shift, was shot in cold blood. The robbers took off in the Honda, which was later found abandoned in Boswewer Street.” According to Helfrich a murder docket has been opened.

Sunday 30 June

; Between 01:30 and 02:00 According to Helfrich, five suspects knocked at the door of a residence in Marikana Street, Ongegund, pretending to be police officials. When the complainant, a building contractor, opened the door, the suspects asked him whether it was his vehicle parked outside. They then demanded money from him, fired a shot into the floor and assaulted the complainant with the firearm. They fled with R11 000 in cash, a flat-screen TV and a cellphone.

; 03:30While the police were tending to the house robbery scene, a call came in of a person lying in the street close to the car wash in Kooitjieskloof Street. According to a witness, at about 03:30 four unknown males, saying they wished to buy meat, argued with him and pointed a firearm at him. The man ran and left his friend behind. He heard a gunshot and saw his friend was shot. The 35-year-old victim was wounded in the stomach and taken to hospital. An attempted murder docket was changed to a murder case after the victim succumbed to his injuries on Monday 1 July.

; 04:45 A 50-year-old man parked his taxi in his yard in Ongegund. On getting out of the vehicle, he was confronted by three males who pointed firearms at him, and forced him back into the vehicle. The suspects searched him, took a 9mm Norinco firearm with eight rounds from him, before forcing their way into the complainant’s house, accompanied by him, and stealing money, a cellphone and TV before fleeing on foot. The complainant was not injured and a house robbery case has been opened.

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