City contractors and security guards came under attack at the City’s Beacon Valley housing project in Mitchells Plain on Wednesday 7 July 2021.
The City of Cape Town’s Mayoral Committee Member for Human Settlements, Councillor Malusi Booi said the latest incident was the the fourth targeted shooting incident with malicious intent towards the project.
“It was also the second time petrol bombing was used to damage the construction plant. In this latest incident, two construction workers were shot, one in both his legs and the other in the chest. The last-mentioned is currently fighting for his life in hospital. These latest incidents happened within 24hours after contractors moved back to site after the previous shootings. Both contractors have since de-established the site and all work has ceased. The area remains tense and security has been increased, including City law enforcement agencies,” Booi said.
He said the shooting is under investigation and the possibility that the incident is in relation to extortion rackets is not being ruled out.
“It is an increasingly common occurrence at City project across the metro and it is to the detriment of the community at large and earmarked beneficiaries. The City, and or its contractors (the latter who are responsible for their staff’s safety), implement various measures, including law enforcement escorts, private security or the suspension of projects and services, where the danger to life is pronounced,” he added.