Gangsters rob us of our lives - Cape Flats residents

2015-05-19 16:59
(Jenna Etheridge, News24)

(Jenna Etheridge, News24)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Cape Town – Gangsters are robbing people of their belongings, their freedom and their lives, say Cape Flats residents who protested against ongoing gang violence outside Parliament on Tuesday morning.

Braving the rain and cold, around 30 people, mostly women, stood in front of police officers and waited for someone from the Presidency to accept their memorandum of demands.

Murmurs could be heard as they swapped stories about how gangsterism affected their lives.

Rughshana Oostendorp, 42, and her 4-year-old daughter travelled from Lentegeur, Mitchell's Plain, to town by train.

Holding on tightly to her crying child, she told News24 the area was not ideal to raise children because there were drug dens everywhere.

People in her road were scared to leave their homes because gangsters from the drug dens were now robbing people in their driveways.

One of her neighbours, Nawahl Patton, told News24 that her son and son-in-law were targeted while waiting for a van to pick them up for work in the early hours of Monday morning.

“My son-in-law was about to walk out the gate and he saw that these men were robbing all the people in the van with guns. They were taking all the people’s bags and cellphones,” she said.

They took the key to the van but fled in a white Toyota waiting nearby when residents rushed outside.

A woman was apparently targeted in the same street last Sunday as she came to fetch her mother for church, Patton said.

“Three guys jumped out of a car and they had guns. They took her car because she had a new company vehicle.

“I think they are doing this to get money for drugs. We can’t even go to the shop anymore or anything like that.”

Patricia Cornelius, 63, who has been living in Mitchell's Plain for half her life, told News24 that she did not feel safe.

"It is a hot spot for murder, rape and house robbery," she said. "If you show a person who is guilty of crime to the police, they take them and later on you see the person is walking free".

She said gangsters ran rampant and although residents were witness to their crimes, they felt they could do nothing.

Cornelius said she worried about the safety of her 11 grandchildren. 

"You must keep them in the house or else the gangsters' stray bullets will hit a child. It's never the gangsters getting hurt. It's always innocent people."

Charles Ford from the president's office received the memorandum.

Read more on:    cape town  |  crime

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
73 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
PARTNER CONTENT
INFOGRAPHIC: New thinking required for retirement

Everything we believe about retirement is fast becoming outdated.

PARTNER CONTENT
WATCH: How education can change a life

A university education gives students the chance to create a better future for themselves, their families and to opportunity achieve their dreams.

/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.