Cape Town – Residents of Kensington took to the streets Friday morning to protest against a number of shootings in which at least two people were killed and two others injured.
In one of the cases the suspect was shot and a firearm without license was found.
The protest on Friday morning caused the closure of Voortrekker Road, the main road in and out of Kensington, Cape Town, between Jakes Gerwel and 5th Avenue, the city of Cape Town said.
Police spokesman FC van Wyk said that rumors that residents rioted were false and that the march was largely peaceful.
"These reports about people throwing stones and burning rubbish are not true, the march was peaceful," Van Wyk said.
He said that affected residents met with the police at the Kensington Police Station on Friday afternoon.
"It is very peaceful, they are currently meeting the police administration at the station and with the CPF (Community Policing Forum) and putting their grievances into words."
Van Wyk said the march was in response to the recordings this week in which at least two people were shot.
The police have the situation #Kensington is quiet. Worried residents meet the police and the CPF at the police station. Rumors about throwing stones and burning debris are false, says spokesman FC van Wyk@IOL
"Research into cases of murder and attempted murder is under way.
The protest of the community caused a closure of the suburb this morning. Routes in and out were closed, according to the city of Cape Town. The protest was in response to the murders and attempts at murders that took place #Kensington this week
The police say that no arrests have been made yet. One of the suspects involved in shootings this week was shot and an unlicensed pistol was recovered, lying next to his body #Kensington
"No arrests have been made yet."
Operation Thunder continued in the area, Van Wyk said, and the police would remain strongly present. The operations had already resulted in two unauthorized firearms, a .45 amd a 9 mm pistol, he said.
"We observe the incidents with concern and we also notice the concerns of the residents about what happens in their suburbs, there will be more police available."