Police arrest 26-year-old for Rocklands shooting

A 26-year-old man was arrested after a 17-year-old boy was shot dead on the corner of Caravelle and Diamond streets in Rocklands on Friday February 24, at 8.20pm.

Three men were also caught in the crossfire and two are still recovering in hospital.

When Mitchell’s Plain police arrived, the teenager was on the ground with multiple gunshot wounds to his body.

One man sustained a gunshot wound to his left ankle while another was shot twice in his right arm, on his left finger and on the right side of his chest.

Mitchell’s Plain police spokesperson Captain Ian Williams said the three men were in a tuck shop when two men approached them and fired multiple shots. “After the attack the two suspects jumped into a vehicle and fled. The motive is deemed to be gang-related,” he said.

Captain Williams said the man who was arrested is expected to appear in the Mitchell’s Plain Magistrate’s Court on a charge of murder and two charges of attempted murder.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the investigating officer, Detective Sergeant Errol Bedford of Mitchell’s Plain Serious and Violent Crimes Unit on 021 370 1782 or 082 777 8076.

Mitchell’s Plain police found a naked man who had apparently been assaulted walking in the road. According to police, the victim was walking in the road in St Helena Street in Portland, when a group of men allegedly chased him. He them ran into one of the houses but the suspects chased after him, pulled him out of the house and hit him. They then dragged him into a vehicle in the road, allegedly a Toyota Camry with rehistration CA739 186.

Captain Williams said the suspects wanted to put him in the boot, but he refused.

“They then took a wheel brace and started to hit him with it all over his body. They managed to force him into the car. They drove to a house in Boston Street where they took him inside and undressed him and continued to assault him with a pick axe handle and the wheel brace.

“The suspects also shocked the victim with electricity. The victim was later chased out of the house naked and he walked in the street where he was found by police,” he said.

Captain Williams said the motive for the attack is revenge, as it is alleged that the victim had robbed one of the suspects prior to the incident.

A total of 192 people were arrested for various crimes in Mitchell’s Plain between Friday February 17 to Friday February 24. Twenty five houses were searched for drugs in Mitchell’s Plain and nine grams of heroin, 230 gram of tik, 54 mandrax tablets and 161 grams of dagga were confiscated. A total of 405 stop and searches and two vehicle check-points were conducted.

Four people were arrested for kidnapping, attempted murder, robbery with a weapon and possession of stolen property respectively on Monday February 20.