News agency, Cape Town, South Africa
Sunday September 15th 2019

Man shot on High Court steps


A Table View man narrowly escaped being killed on the steps of the Western Cape High Court when two gunmen shot at him, hitting him in the face and shoulder Wednesday afternoon.

The incident, which happened at 12:55, resulted in the court shutting down early as police cordoned off the main entrance door to the court in Keerom Street in the Cape Town city centre.

“It happened very fast. Two gunshots went off. A man standing right on the court entrance was shot and had to run blood dripping on the floor inside the court for help,” said a court official who did not want to be named as he was not authorized to discuss the matter with the press.

The official, whose office window is near the front door, said police apprehended two gunmen shortly after the shooting and paramedics arrived and took the victim to the hospital.

Except for urgent applications and the motion court, all criminal trials were postponed until Thursday, he said.

Security guard Lubabalu Zwedala, who was stationed in Keerom Street, said he had seen two people running away from the court after two shots were heard.

Zwedala said he saw police giving chase and apprehending the two men.

Provincial Police spokesperson Captain Frederick Van Wyk confirmed the incident, saying a 31-year-old man from Table View was shot and wounded in the face and shoulder.

A .38 revolver was seized during the arrest, he said.

“The suspect is detained until he is charged, where after he will be due in court. The motive for the incident is not known at this stage,” he said.

It has not yet be ascertained whether the man was acting as a witness to a case at the court or not. — Peter Luhanga


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