Sophiatown weekend shootings claim 2 lives, leave 11 people injured

Following several crime and shooting incidents over the weekend in and around the Sophiatown policing precinct in Johannesburg, Minister of Police, General Bheki Cele and the management of the South African Police Service (SAPS) led by Acting National Commissioner, Lieutenant General Tebello Mosikili, will on Thursday, 2 March 2023 visit the Sophiatown police station.

They are expected to receive an assessment briefing on the crime levels in the Westbury and Newclare policing precincts.

The townships have seen a recent escalation of gang violence.

According to police reports, six separate shooting incidents were reported since Friday, 25 February 2023, that have claimed the lives of two people and 11 others were injured.

The purpose of the meeting, is to establish the effectiveness of the operational response to the violence, which includes amongst other SAPS units, Crime Intelligence, Public Order Police (POP), Technical Response Team (TRT), Anti-Gang unit and additional Detectives.

Members of the media are invited to engage the Minister and SAPS management, following the closed meeting which commences at 08:00.

Date: 02 March 2023
Venue: Sophiatown SAPS
Time: 09:30

SAPS Newsroom

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