CAPE TOWN – Multiple, unrelated sources have told Eyewitness News that the man targeted in this morning’s shooting is well-known Cape Town gang boss Jerome Booysen, who is also known as “Donkie”.

The police have not yet confirmed this.

The police’s Vish Naidoo says that the motive behind the shooting at the Cape Town International Airport remains unclear at this stage.

“Our experts are on the crime scene. We are still trying to establish who the person is. We have cordoned off the area.”

It is understood that the man was being dropped off at the airport just after 5am this morning when gunmen opened fire on him. He’s been rushed to hospital.

Airports Company South Africa (Acsa) says that the shooting could be gang related.

General manager Deon Cloete explains: “This is very disturbing. It has got all the makings of a possible gang shooting. This is the last thing we need at the airport, where the safety of people is absolutely important.”

Detectives have arrived at the airport try to establish if the shooting may be gang related.

A section of the floor on the departures level has been cordoned off under the watchful eye of police officers.
Orange and white screens have been used to conceal a pool of blood.

It was carried out at a national key point and appears to have been an attempted hit.

Apart from this, it’s business as usual at the airport with flights being unaffected so far.


Earlier this year, 52-year-old Booysen was targeted in a suspected hit.

According to reports, he was shot in the neck and was in a critical condition in a Cape Town hospital at the time.

Sources said Booysen’s shooting in May was linked to another hit when his friend Deon Williams was shot and killed. Three others were also wounded in that incident.

Booysen has apparent links to the shady underworld associated with the nightclub security industry in Cape Town.

Additional reporting by Kevin Brandt.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)

Regan Thaw & Lauren Isaacs

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