Phillipi under 72 hours police lockdown following the spate of murders in which 11 people was killed

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Cape Town police have initiated a 72 hour lock down in Philippi East, following eleven murders in the township this weekend. Two men were shot and killed at a tavern last night, while three bodies were discovered in a nearby house. Police spokesperson, FC van Wyk, says the three men were also shot. On Friday night, six young women were shot and killed in the Marcus Garvey informal settlement. Van Wyk says no one has been arrested as yet. “The 72 hour action plan in response to this, entails lock down and operations in the area that are conducted by Public Order police, K-9 and Flying Squad members. From an investigation perspective, detectives with crime intelligence are hard at work following leads that could result in the arrest of the perpetrators of these incidents.” Meanwhile residents of lower Crossroads are protesting inside the local police station precinct, demanding action after the spate of killings. The group of protesters, mainly women demanding among others, the redeployment of the police station commander. They say they wait too long for police to respond to incidents of crime. In September 2017, eleven people were also shot and killed during a shooting spree at a tavern in the Marikana informal settlement in Philippi East.

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