Two Cape Town firefighters assaulted in Wallacedene

Two City of Cape Town firefighters have been treated in hospital after they were assaulted in Wallacedene, near Kraaifontein on Saturday morning.

The crew from Brackenfell had responded to a fire in the area. They were accosted by three men who threatened them at gunpoint and robbed them of their belongings before assaulting them.

Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, JP Smith, has appealed to anyone with information about the incident to contact the City or their nearest police station.

He believes that it was an ambush of frontline staff.

“It turned out there was no structural fire as reported, which makes it clear that this was an ambush. Attacks on the City’s frontline staff are becoming all too commonplace, especially our firefighters. These officials provide a lifesaving service and every incident of this nature chips away the trust between the fire service and the communities they serve.”

Meanwhile, Western Cape police say they have arrested a 26-year-old man from Joe Slovo in connection with the murder of five people in the area last week.

Six suspects arrived at a house in Sekowa Street on Thursday evening and opened fire killing one person. Later that evening they shot and killed four more people at another house in Dada Street. The suspect is due to appear in the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court on Monday on charges of murder.

Police say more arrests are imminent.