Commuters and visitors to the Cape Town International Airport where yanked out of normality this morning, as a seemingly gang related shooting occurred in the busy travel hub.
Sources say shots were fired near the departures section of the airport at around 5am on Wednesday, prompting the immediate response of the SAPS and airport security.
Although the SAPS has stated that the motives behind the shooting we unclear, witnesses and the Airports Company South Africa employees say the gang-crime lead should not be ruled out.
According to some reports, the victim rushed to hospital and believed to be the target of the shooting is notorious Cape Town gang boss Jerome Booysen, known as ‘Donkie’.
There has, however, been absolutely no confirmation on his identity or his condition currently.
This comes in the light of a wave of armed crime which has engulfed OR Tambo internationals airport highlighting a need for greater police presence at these transport hubs by Police Minister, Fikile Mbalula.
The Airports Company has since stated that the traffic at Cape Town International has remained uninterrupted and it will await the result of the ongoing criminal investigation.
However, screens have been placed around the scene of the crime to cover-up a pool of blood left as a result of the shooting.
This event, as well as events in Johannesburg, have let the question emerge of why our airports are becoming such easy locations for the proliferation of armed and organised crimes.