Three unknown gunmen are still on the loose following the murder of an 18-year-old matric student during a house robbery in Khayelitsha on the Cape Flats last Thursday.

Police spokesperson Joseph Swartbooi says a second victim, a 21-year-old man, later died in hospital.

“Three unknown armed suspects fled the scene with some valuables and are yet to be arrested. The motive for the attack is unknown.

Lingelethu police are investigating two counts of murder, anyone with information is urged to call Crimestop on 08600 10111.”

KZN shooting

Meanwhile, police say they are trying to establish the motive for the killing of three people in a drive-by shooting in Inanda north of Durban on Saturday as they continue their investigation into the incident.

They are yet to confirm reports that the deceased were part of the group that had been attending an African National Congress committee meeting in the area.

Provincial police spokesperson Jay Naicker says five other people were injured in the incident.

In the video below, SABC News reporter Jayed Leigh-Paulse speaks to a resident about the shooting:

Crime stats

The Quarter One Crime Statistics 2021/2022 hosted in August revealed that in the three months of reporting, a 66, 2 % increase in murder was recorded.

However, compared to the previous normal period of 2019/2020 financial year, the murder rate would have increased by 6.7%.

Between April 2021 to end of June 2021, 5 760 people were killed in South Africa.

This is 2 294 more people killed compared to the corresponding period in the previous financial year.

Compared to a period without Lockdown, it would result in an increase of 362 more deaths.

Out of the Top 30 murder stations, the Khayelitsha, Phillipi East and Bityi police stations in the Western Cape and Eastern Cape recorded decreases in their murder figures. But despite these drops, the volumes of murder remain high.

Additional reporting by Minoshni Pillay.