The recent spate of killings in Mamelodi, East of Pretoria, which have left nine people dead have been linked to gang warfare between the notorious Boko Haram gang and its breakaway outfit. This is according to police, who have assigned a team of several specialised units to investigate the killings that have rocked the townships.
“The police are aware of the recent murders that have been committed allegedly by a breakaway group from the so called Boko Haram, calling themselves Bafarasai,” said police spokesperson Brig Brenda Muridili. According to Pretoria News Muridili said that no arrests had been made so far as police appeal to the people of Mamelodi to come forward with any information that could solve the murders.
In the latest incident at Mams Mall, two men were shot and killed when they were ambushed while sitting in a red car which was sprayed with bullets. Graphic pictures of the incident have gone viral in Mamelodi, with locals sharing them via WhatsApp. Bodies have been piling up since August 29, when two men believed to be members of Boko Haram were shot dead at Santorini night club in the township. Most victims were shot in the head.
In September alone there were two incidents on Monday the 13th and Saturday the 25th, where a man was shot dead in a drive-by shooting and two others were killed at Mamelodi Heights hostel. Muridili said on October 10, four armed suspects entered a house at section G in Mamelodi, looking for Solomon Ntuli, 38, who is linked with Boko Haram.
“It is reported that at about 4.30pm, Ntuli was visiting his girlfriend when he was confronted by the suspects. The girlfriend’s mother was shot on the leg and arm while Ntuli was shot through the door. He died on the scene,” Muridili said. She said the “suspects fled the scene in a silver-grey Toyota Corolla to the Heights Hostel, where they reportedly shot several times in the direction of the hostel.
”The name Boko Haram strikes fear in the hearts of many residents of Mamelodi, with many insisting that their names be withheld while others flatly refused to talk about the incidents despite having been at some of the scenes. #Ladi_jaja?
By: Mpho Khena.