Another LEAP officer shot dead


Another member of the Western Cape government’s program for the promotion of law enforcement, better known as LEAP, has been shot dead.

The latest fatal shooting incident comes barely a week after a LEAP officer was shot dead in Mitchells Plain.

JP Smith, the City of Cape Town’s mayoral committee member for security, confirmed on Saturday that another of his officers was shot dead in Nyanga on Friday at 20:00.

“He was a passenger in a marked law enforcement vehicle that was driving in the area when unknown suspects opened fire on their car,” says Smith.

“When his colleagues realized that he had been hit, they rushed to the Heideveld hospital, but the officer was pronounced dead on arrival.”

According to Smith, approximately 13 bullets hit the law enforcement officers’ car, “which means that the shooter’s intention was very clear”.

The LEAP officer, whose name has not yet been released, died after being shot in the head.

Smith expressed his condolences to the deceased’s loved ones, and pledged not to rest until those responsible are caught and brought to justice.

LEAP officer Toufeeq Williams was shot and killed Sunday while walking with his daughter in Beacon Valley.

Earlier this week, the metro offered a reward of R100 000 for any credible information that will lead to the arrest of the suspects involved in the murder of Williams. Although a suspected gang member has already been arrested for this, the same reward has been promised for the latest shooting incident.

The police are investigating the incident further.

The metro has already arranged counselors for the deceased’s colleagues who were in the car with him, as well as all the other LEAP officers deployed in Gugulethu.

In the last few days, parts of Cape Town have been hit by violent strikes driven by the South African National Taxi Council (Santaco).