Residents live with ‘trauma’

2017-06-27 06:01

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Two people have been arrested in connection with the shooting behind the Ocean View clinic.

A shooting between rival gangs on Monday last week left one teenager dead and another injured.

A 15-year-old was killed and a 17-year-old was shot in the leg, confirms Lieutenant-Colonel Errol Mer­keur, commander of Ocean View Police Station.

The police arrested one man the following day and another later.

Ocean View police say information from the community led to the arrests.

But the arrests have done little improve to the community’s sense of safety, says Ocean View Care Centre founder Johann Kikillus.

He says the ongoing shooting has left the community severely traumatised.

“I had a visit from an elderly lady who was clearly very traumatised and was shaking. This woman has lived in the flat behind the clinic for years and is unable to sleep anymore due to the shooting that occurs frequently a couple of metres from her kitchen window,” he says.

Other residents have reported being too scared to go to the clinic.

“I have also lost count of the number of shootings and murders around the clinic and library,” Kikillus says.

Merkeur confirms “random shootings have frequently occurred this year”.

“The police are doing increased patrols at the clinic and the library. However, we cannot remain static there as then shootings occur in other areas. The City of Cape Town needs to employ extra permanent security staff at the clinic and the library,” he says.

Eddie Andrews, Mayco member (South), says both the clinic and library have a security guard on duty while it is open.

“In addition, both premises have alarms and staff have access to panic buttons to summon rapid response personnel,” he says.

“There are no security measures in place at the Ocean View rental units. Tenants are advised to be vigilant near the shooting hotspots and contact their nearest police station or the City’s Law Enforcement department for assistance.

“The City’s enforcement services conduct ad hoc patrols and operations in areas like Ocean View, but are unable to have a static presence at all times.”

Merkeur adds that police officers increase their visibility in the hotspots and have applied for help from Metro police and other units to increase visibility and random searches.

“At our monthly community police forums we discuss crime, where the community has a chance to give their input on where they feel the police are required to patrol,” he says.

However, more needs to be done, believes Kikillus.

“From my organisation’s point of view, the amount of trauma that has occurred is going to leave scars for decades.

“An urgent intervention needs to take place so that the elderly can sleep again, children can write exams and people can experience the joys of sitting in a park or walking to the library.”

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