The authorities launched a manhunt for five gunmen after two separate shooting incidents that occurred in Thembalethu and Rosedale in the Western Cape on Monday night. Shootings took the life of one man from Thembalethu and left two Rosedale residents seriously injured.
The police identified the deceased man as Thando Mbambo, 36, from Zone 9 in Thembalethu. According to an eyewitness, three armed men approached the victim in Tabata Street with an intent to rob him. After a few moments suspects fired several shots.
“The investigation is at an early stage and all clues and information are being followed up. It would, however, seem that the suspect in this incident was robbed of his firearm, after which he was shot,” police spokesperson, Capt Malcolm Pojie said.
Yet another incident was reported in Thembalethu where two men, aged 18 and 19, were hospitalised after being shot in the ravine between Rosedale and Thembalethu.
At this stage it is unknown whether these incidents are related.