Eleven people killed in Cape Town township shootings says police

Vastavam web: Eleven people were killed in a series of overnight shootings in a Cape Town township, police said today, including four victims shot dead when gunmen opened fire in a bar.Extra police officers were deployed to the Philipi district of Cape Town, a city that suffers from regular gang violence and armed clashes between rival criminal groups.”We have deployed teams comprising specialist detectives, high-risk units and intelligence operatives,” police spokeswoman Novela Potelwa told the News 24 website.
Tens of thousands of people live in informal shack settlements in Philipi, located in the notoriously crime- ridden Cape Flats area of the city.Four people were shot dead at an informal “shebeen” bar yesterday evening, with three other bodies found by police nearby. Another four more people were killed elsewhere in the district.”Regardless of the circumstances, these mass murders — related or not — are criminal acts which must be punished using the full might of our law,” party spokesman Zizi Kodwa said in a statement.
“Criminals live amongst our communities, they are harboured by us and until society stands as one against this scourge, it will not be defeated.” Crime is seen as a major issue hampering the country’s social cohesion, economic development and international reputation — especially as a tourist destination.