12 May 2017, Kraaifontein, Scottsdene: Police are investigating a case of murder after a 55-year-old woman was shot and killed in an apparent gang-related shooting in Scottsdene. Police spokesperson FC van Wyk said the circumstances surrounding the shooting incident were under investigation.
“On Wednesday at about 5.20am at Carmen Street, Scottsdene, a 55-year-old woman was fatally wounded,” he said.
According to a resident, Hester Taaibosch was on her way to work when she was shot.
She wasn’t robbed of any personal items, as everything was found intact at the scene.
Kraaifontein Community Police Forum (CPF) chairperson Sila Mawethu appealed to local residents to assist the police.
“Crime is very rife in Kraaifontein these days. We were saddened to learn that a 55-year-old woman was shot dead while she was on her way to work.
Unemployment among the youth is another factor that leads the youth to join gangs and commit crime,” he said.
Community Safety MEC Dan Plato said gangsterism in whatever form “doesn’t work and will never rule”.
He said community members must not use social conditions to justify the crimes, and they must join hands and work with the police.
“I condemn the shooting and I hope the police make a quick arrest. Sincere condolences to the family who lost a loved one.”
According to the Ward Councillor at Ward 7, Kraaifontein/Scottsdene, Mr Grant Twigg, there have been 52 murders in the last 3 months in this area.
“This is another murder that is unwelcome in an area where gang violence and gunshots are keeping the community indoors. It seems that these incidents haven’t triggered the attention of national SAPS management and the national ministry,” the CPF said.