Three people were shot and killed in two shooting incidents in a bloody weekend in Port Elizabeth’s crime-ridden northern areas, police said on Monday.
In the first incident on Friday night, police spokesperson Colonel Priscilla Naidu said, Nadine January, 32, and Clint Mathews, 31, were shot dead. They had been sleeping at the back of a house in Brass Street in Bloemendal.
Naidu said that the following morning, January’s body was discovered lying on the shack floor while Mathews was found dead in the neighbour’s yard.
The motive for the killings was unknown at this stage.
Naidu confirmed that January was in the National Prosecuting Authority’s (NPA) witness protection programme for an ongoing case for a murder which took place earlier this year.
A day before January was killed, she was released from the programme due to “certain violations”, said Naidu.
Police are investigating two cases of murder and no arrests have been made. Meanwhile, police swiftly arrested a 23-year-old gang affiliate during the early hours of Monday morning after Kurtley Bruiners, 23, was shot and killed on Sunday night.
Naidu said it was alleged that Bruiners and three friends were standing in an alley next to the boundary wall of Avalon Street in Gelvandale when two men, known to them, came up the alleyway from Van Duuren Street.
Naidu said it was alleged that when the two men were halfway up the alleyway, one of them started shooting at the group.
Bruiners sustained gunshot wounds to the stomach and