Stray bullet claims LEAP officer


A member of the Western Cape government’s program for the promotion of law enforcement, better known as LEAP, was shot dead in Mitchells Plain on Sunday.

Toufeeq Williams was not on duty. He was walking with his young daughter in Beacon Valley when a stray bullet struck him around 12:30 p.m. Williams was hit in the head and pronounced dead at the scene.

The incident is believed to be gang-related.

Sgt. Police spokesman Wesley Twigg says the shooting took place at the corner of Trampoline and Cadillac Streets. No one has yet been arrested in connection with the shooting.

Mitchells Plain police are investigating a case of murder.

JP Smith, the City of Cape Town’s mayoral committee member for safety, expressed his condolences to Williams’ next of kin on Sunday.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the officer’s loved ones at this difficult time.”

Williams was affiliated with the LEAP program in Hanover Park at the time of his death. The Western Cape government’s LEAP officers are regularly praised for their part in fighting crime in the province.