The City of Johannesburg expresses its deepest condolences to the family and loved ones of a woman who was killed during a gang-related shooting in Westbury yesterday.
The City also wishes her 10 year-old child a speedy recovery. She’s receiving medical attention after sustaining wounds from the tragic incident near the Rahima Moosa Mother and Child Hospital.
I am also informed that this is the third person who has been killed in the area in recent months. One suspect was arrested and investigation is currently in progress.
This senseless killing of an innocent mother and the wounding of her child by gang members calls for serious intervention. The unabated loss of lives without justice for the families and loved ones of victims cannot and will not be tolerated.
On learning of the incident, I immediately communicated with the South African Police Services Provincial Commissioner, Lt. General Deliwe de Lange and the Chief of Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD) David Tembe for urgent actions to be taken.
In response to this, 300 JMPD officers were deployed to Westbury to quell tensions that have risen due to the community’s frustrations.
I have asked for Provincial Commissioner De Lange and JMPD Chief Tembe to urgently increase visible policing, crime prevention joint operations in the Westbury area and set up a special task team to investigate these gang related crimes as a matter of urgency.
It is unacceptable that residents live in fear due to unscrupulous gangs and thugs in their own neighbourhoods.
The City remains committed to providing our residents with safe spaces to live, work and play without fear of any harm. I appeal to community members to come forward with any information that will bring the perpetrators of these crimes to face the full might of the law.