The peace in Scottsdene was shattered this weekend when two people, including a 13-year-old boy, were killed in separate incidents.
Just over two weeks ago Kraaifontein SAPS Brigadier Gerda van Niekerk commended her staff for ensuring that there were “murder-free weekends” in the area.
This came after a 24-hour police base camp was set up in Scottsdene in June last year. There had been a decline in the number of killings in past months (“Scottsdene residents safer”, Northern News, January 16).
However, a 32-year-old man was shot dead in Park Avenue on Saturday February 2, around 5am.
Later that evening, 13-year-old Jereev Senosky was shot and killed in La Boheme Street, at 8pm.
While Kraaifontein police, including the Anti-Gang Unit, were investigating the teenagers killing, they arrested two men, aged 24 and 35 in connection with the murder of the 32-year-old man.
Kraaifontein police spokesman Captain Hein Hendricks said police also found a 9mm pistol and ammunition, which had been reported stolen in Mont Clair in 2015. The firearm was linked to the arrest of another 35-year-old suspect.
It is believed that Jereev was a Grade 6 pupil at Parkdene Primary in Scottsdene.
However, deputy principal at Parkdene Primary, Carmen Erasmus, said the school would not be commenting until the investigation is done.
Resident Neville Samson said Jereev was well known to the Scottsdene community as he helped his grandmother sell fruit and vegetables on the street corner.
“This boy was kind-hearted and always shouted, hello uncle Neville! I was shocked to hear about his death.”