Two Mitchells Plain fathers were killed in a gang shooting while collecting a colleague for work in Bonteheuwel on Sunday morning.
Residents say Dayyaan Andrews, 49, and Jonathan Bryan, 22, were caught up in a gang fight and were killed in what appears to be a case of mistaken identity.
Shortly after 5am, the two dads arrived in Vlamboom Street to pick up a co-worker. When they arrived, the white Honda they were driving was surrounded by gunmen who opened fire on them.
“The gangsters were shooting before the fathers got here and they were looking for some other skollie and soema shot them,” explains a 53-year-old mother who asked not to be named.
“They have been shooting a lot in this area recently and all of us are scared because you can’t even stand in the front of your house anymore. Look now, these are two innocent people who are not even from Bonteheuwel who were killed.”
Dayyaan’s traumatised ex-wife, Virginia, says she saw him shortly before the shooting and he still asked her to keep lunch for him.
“A few minutes later they came to tell me he was shot in the head and is dead. We are still in shock and very angry. I mean, he is an innocent father of four children and in December he became an oupa for the first time. He was on his way to work for his family,” she says.
Friends of Jonathan’s say he has a young daughter and his girlfriend is expecting.
It is not clear where he was shot.
Sergeant Noloyiso Rwexana confirms the incident and says one person has already been arrested.
Scared residents say in recent weeks the Hard Livings and the Junky Funkys have teamed up to take on the Dixie Boys, and residents living in the area around Vlamboom Street are being caught in the crossfire.
Ward councillor Angus McKenzie says the spike in gang-related activity in Bonteheuwel is a cause of concern and called on residents to speak up and piemp the shooters.
“I am very sad about these murders of innocent people but the only way we are going to stop this s*** is if people start talking,” he says.
“If the residents believe in their community, they need to start reporting these people because die k** moet nou stop!”
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stop on 08600 10111.