Six members of the Anti Gang Unit (AGU) have been shot and wounded in the Samora Machel informal settlement in Nyanga, Cape Town.
“Six members of the Anti Gang Unit were shot and injured as they were tracing suspects in Samora Machel, Nyanga in the early hours of this morning,” police spokesperson, Brigadier Novela Potelwa.
The unit was on a tracing operation in Sweet Home Farm informal settlement and had just apprehended one suspect allegedly linked to recent murders in Samora Machel.
“As the members were searching for another suspect also sought for serious crime in the area, shots came from one of the shacks,” said Potelwa.
“Two members suffered serious injury and four others were also wounded. They have all been admitted to hospital.”
All members have been admitted to hospital. Police said the area, a known hide-out for criminals, was difficult to access and was poorly lit.
The latest crime statistics show that detectives in Nyanga, Cape Town, investigate 308 murders a year on average. This was 27 more than the previous financial year.
Koketso Ramorei is a journalist and news editor of SADC News with years of experience in a number of genres including sports, politics and community reporting. He has worked for a numerous publications including The Citizen Newspaper and is a former editor of a Johannesburg-based off-campus publication called The Waldorfian Times.