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gov­ern­ment coun­ter­parts, and com­mu­nity safety struc­tures, to de­vise a sus­tain­able strat­egy to stop in­no­cent civil­ians from los­ing their lives in such a sense­less and cal­lous man­ner,” said Man­dela.

Shaykh Is­gaak Taliep of the MJC said: “Ob­vi­ously from the Mus­lim com­mu­nity side and the West­ern (Cape) com­mu­nity, we are quite up­set by the sense­less killing of brother Sha­heed Omar.

“Ob­vi­ously, the cir­cum­stances around the killing are still unknown to us. It came as a shock to us all, we’re all so very sad.

“We ex­pect SAPS to do their job and do the nec­es­sary in­ves­ti­ga­tions and to find the per­pe­tra­tors.”

“As the MJC, we all have the nec­es­sary de­sire to see the crime rate drop in the West­ern Cape and we will do all we can to as­sist the stake­hold­ers, SAPS and the CPFs to bring the crime rate down,” he added.

He said as imams they served in sub- eco­nomic com­mu­ni­ties where crime was rife and killings had be­come “too com­mon in our com­mu­nity” and as law-abid­ing cit­i­zens they would like to see this type of killings come to an end and the per­pe­tra­tors to have their day in court and be im­pris­oned, and not re­leased on pa­role af­ter two years.

Van Wyk said no ar­rests had been made and any­one with in­for­ma­tion about the shoot­ing was re­quested to call Crimestop or the Lans­downe po­lice.

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