Crime wave spreads

2015-08-13 06:00
Residents of Site C marched to Site B Police Station in Khayelitsha on Saturday: Photo by Lindile Mbontsi

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Residents of Site C marched to Site B Police Station in Khayelitsha on Saturday: Photo by Lindile Mbontsi PHOTO: MbONGISENI mASEKO

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Fed up with rampant crime, residents in Site C, Thembani and Khwezi, under the banner Thembokhwezi Residence Association took to the streets in protest on Saturday.

Sparked by the recent rape and murder of a 20-year-old Bongiwe Ninini-whose body was found dumped in a drain not far from the Site C shopping centre-the group marched to the Khayelitsha police station.

According to march organiser Phindile George, residents were unhappy with the lack of police visibility in their areas.

“According to the police demarcation, section 1, which consists of Thembokhwezi, Site C and some parts of Site B, only have one van that responds to calls,” said George.

This is one of the grievances that they tabled to the Khayelitsha police.

“This march is as a result of many incidents of crime in and around our areas, where people are being robbed on the streets and their cars hijacked, homes broken into and at gunpoint, criminals loot their homes, and most of the time maimed or killed,” he explained.

“We have been having many meetings, community patrols, and we have come to the conclusion that we need to take to the streets.

We need a mobile police station in the access points to our communities.

We are also pleading with police for swift follow-up in cases as we have seen cases go for a long time without being solved, as a result people have lost hope in the police and this has manifested itself.”

. In another crime related incident, a 23 year old man was arrested for allegedly fatally shooting another man and also raping his girl friend, in Nkanini, Khayelitsha, on Tuesday.

The suspect, who is well known by the family of Thabiso Zitho, 35, the deceased, is said to have broken-into his house in the early hours of Saturday morning, and the victim dead and then raped the girlfriend.

The identity of the girlfriend, 23, who cannot speak properly, was not released as she fears for her life.

Nombini Zitho, the mother of the deceased, was still traumatised when City Vision visited her house, on Tuesday.

Zitho said they were woken-up by residents who told them to rush to their son’s house, which is just metres away from their house, at about 4am.

“I suspected that something was not right when I saw a group of residents carrying weapons outside of his (Thabiso) house. They told me that he was shot and killed. I was scared to look at his lifeless body. There was blood on his bed and his body was lying on the floor next to his bed. The girlfriend said she knew one of the suspects.

The suspect is also alleged to have stolen Thabiso’s wallet and cell phone.

Zitho said they were shocked to hear that the suspect was someone whom Thabiso played soccer with.

We all know him. He is one of the youth Thabiso groomed in soccer. He is younger than him, but they grew up together. I feel very bad in a way that I cannot sleep at night. It really terrifies me,” she added.

The description of the suspect by the girlfriend helped in tracing him down.

Lieutenant Siyabulela Vukubi, communication officer at Harare police station, said the suspect was positively identified.

Vukubi said he was due to appear in Khayelitsha Magistrate’s Court, on Wednesday, on charges of rape and murder.

The information regarding the gun that was used was not available.

Marius Fransman, ANC provincial leader, accompanied ANC Women’s League members to visit Zitho’s family, on Monday.

Thabiso is leaving behind a two year old child, his two sisters, two brothers and both parents. His funeral arrangements were not yet known at the time of going to print

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