By Roshan Abrahams
New Horizon’s neighbourhood watch has appealed to residents to stay indoors after 9pm, following another killing in the area.
Clayton Horne, 19, was shot dead near his home on Thursday night October 21, the tenth person killed there since residents moved into the area six years ago, say police.
Mr Horne’s funeral was held on Saturday October 30.
Officers at the scene of the killing, in Seedsnipe Road, found Mr Horne had been shot in the face.
“It’s alleged that the deceased was shot because he did not want to join a local gang,” said Grassy Park police spokeswoman Captain Wynita Kleinsmith.
Jade Baartman, patrol leader of the New Horizon Neighbourhood Watch, said much of the crime in the area happened after 9pm and he urged shop owners to close their businesses and residents to get indoors by then.
“Shops in our area do not close at 9pm and many murders have taken place in the evening, since residents moved into the area six years ago,” he said.
New Horizon houses people who came from informal settlements and backyards across various neighbourhoods, including Parkwood, Delft, Lavender Hill, Hanover Park and Mitchell’s Plain.
Mr Horne’s family were not ready to speak to anyone.
Anyone with information can contact investigating officer Sergeant Vuyo Gumenke at 082 411 2382.