Police Minister Bheki Cele has criticized the Khayelitsha Magistrates’ Court for granting R800 bail to a suspect charged with a mass shooting.
Cele visited the Cape Town community on Tuesday Six men died after Sunday night’s shooting.
Police spokeswoman Brig Novella Potelwa said murder files were opened after police found the bodies of five unidentified men, while a sixth person was in a medical facility died.
Cele addressed the media and asked how a suspect accused of a mass shooting was released on bail.
He said the government had to change the way how she handles crime.
“What frustrates me is that an arrested suspect has been placed on bail, and this is [his] fifth bail. He got bail for attempted murder, bail for possession of an illegal firearm and bail for robbery…” said Cele.
R800 bail for a mass shooting made no sense.
“These judges and prosecutors don’t stand before the community — that’s a problem.”
Potelwa said two suspects are reported Wednesday in connection with the shooting appearing in court in Khayelitsha.
The suspects, aged 25 and 28, have been charged with murder.
“In relation to the arrest of the 25-year-old suspect, the investigation led to the integrated A team of detectives, intelligence officers and Eastern Cape Police went to Cala in the Eastern Cape where the suspect was arrested,” she said.
The second suspect was arrested in Khayelitsha on Tuesday. An unlicensed firearm believed to be the murder weapon was allegedly found in his possession.
An additional charge of illegal possession of firearms was added to the murder charge.
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