Search on for Gugulethu shooters

Search on for Gugulethu shooters

The community of Gugulethu, in the Western Cape, is reeling from shock following the murder of seven people on Monday afternoon.

The three women and four men were gunned down at a house in the area.

Two others were injured in the incident.

Some South Africans believe the house was used as a drug den.

However, there hasn’t been any confirmation from the police on that matter.

Western Cape Police Spokesperson Brigadier Novela Potelwa says details are still sketchy.

“Preliminary reports indicate that three women and four men between the ages of 30 and 40 were shot and killed by unknown gunmen at NY 78 in Gugulethu. Two other victims were injured and taken to a medical facility.”

Organised crime detectives are working on the case.

The incident comes as Western Cape authorities continue to grapple with mass shootings in and around Cape Town.

Western Cape Community Safety MEC Albert Fritz has sent his condolences to the grieving families.

He has blamed the incident on people who extort money from people in the townships.

Fritz says local business people are being harassed by people who demand protection money from them.

The MEC has been expressing frustration and outrage over the violence in the city for some time now.

Early in October, he said community members in Hanover Park felt trapped in their homes as gangsters shoot outside.

In a bid to stem the tide, he relaunched the city’s safety plan in gang infested areas.