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‘Hit on prominent businessman raises further concerns on hired guns’

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Anti-crime activist, Yusuf Abramjee, has raised concern over the brazen nature of criminals, saying the easy access to guns and hiring of hitmen has exacerbated the situation.

Abramjee’s remarks follow the alleged hit on a prominent businessman in Rustenburg.

Jabulani Gumbi was shot and killed in broad daylight at a popular coffee in Kock Street yesterday.

A video of the incident, which has been widely shared on social media, shows two assailants creeping up on him and firing several shots at close range, killing him instantly.

According to Gumbi’s family, he had received death threats earlier this month in connection with a land development dispute.

Abramjee says South Africans can only hope that the police do their job and swiftly arrest the culprits.

Police in the Northwest are searching for the suspects behind Gumbi’s death.

In the video below, the businessman can be heard talking about the alleged threats, weeks before the attack. He warned his would-be attackers that they stand no gain from his death, adding that they will be caught and arrested.

Community Safety Activist, Action Society’s director Ian Cameron has also weighed in, saying it concerning how South Africa has become a breeding ground for professional criminals.

Cameron says the country is like a garden of Eden for violent criminals.

He says the police’s inability to properly tackle crime is an open invitation for opportunistic criminals.

Last week, Cameron lambasted Police Minister Bheki Cele for his alleged inability to nip the surging crime rate in the bud.

The anti-crime activist says Cele has blood on his hands, as more than 125 000 people have died under his watch.

This after the latest crime stats indicate that there’s been a 3% drop in the country’s murder rate first quarter of 2023.

Cameron says that means that at least three people are killed every hour and 70 per day.

 

Written by: Nokwazi Qumbisa

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