Four slain in Lost City shooting

Four men have died and a fifth was injured in a shooting in Lost City, just after noon on Saturday.

Gunmen opened fire at close range on the victims before fleeing on foot, according to Mitchell’s Plain police spokesman Sergeant Jerome Voegt. The killers are still at large.

The dead men are 30, 36, 37 and 64. The fifth man who survived the attack with a gunshot wound is 37.

Taswell Daniels is among the dead. The 30-year-old’s sister, Blanche Henry, 37, said her brother-in-law had gone to the scene of the shooting.

“Taswell was not a gangster, he was in the wrong place at the wrong time,” she said.

Ms Henry said their area needed more police and neighbourhood watch visibility in the area. “People should talk and not be scared, I grew up in this area and we see what’s going on. It’s a really sad time for us,” she said.

Another of the victims, Shane Williams, 37, was a car guard, according to his niece, Vernorita van Neel, 33. She said he had been shot in the head and back.

Ms Van Neel said she and other family members had driven past the crime scene on their way to a baby shower, not realising what had happened. Later, after hearing that Mr Williams had been shot, they had rushed to the scene.

“We are fed up with these shootings, my mom who is his sister is crushed by this. His wife was going to surprise him with the news that she is pregnant, and she didn’t get that opportunity,” said Ms Van Neel.

Ward 82 councillor Washiela Harris said“ We never experienced these shootings in our communities growing up.”

Community Safety MEC Albert Fritz visited the families on Monday March 1.

“I was disgusted to hear yet again of a shooting in Tafelsig. We have seen a spate of mass shootings over the past weekend which are deeply concerning,” he said.

“I wish to extend my heartfelt condolences to the families of all the deceased and wish a speedy recovery to the injured victim. SAPS in the Western Cape must leave no stone unturned in their investigations and ensure that arrests are made swiftly.”

Anyone with information can call Crime Stop at 08600 10111.