By Bobby Stevenson (MPL), Shadow MEC for Safety and Security:
The DA is shocked by another murder, execution style, which took place in Beetlestone Road opposite Papenkuil Primary School in Gelvandale just before 10:00 this morning.
I have been informed by Edmund van Vuuren MPL that bystanders told him that the person shot was a potential witness in a murder case.
The culture of lawlessness which is continuing to escalate in the Northern Areas of Port Elizabeth needs to be stopped. The fact that this took place in close proximity of a primary school is exposing children to violence at a young age.
The DA believes we need effective witness protection programmes that safeguard witnesses. Crime intelligence capability needs to be drastically improved in the Northern Areas and a specialist national anti-gang unit needs to be reintroduced.
Drastic action must to be taken by the SAPS to restore a climate of safety and security in the Northern Areas.