Khayelitsha Commission visits 'field of death'

2014-01-22 17:54
(Nielen de Klerk, News24)

(Nielen de Klerk, News24)

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

kalahari.com

  • Police
    A 'behind the scenes' look at how the emergency services work. Now R310.00
    buy now

Cape Town - The "field of death" was one of Cape Town's crime hotspots the Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry was shown during in loco inspections on Wednesday.

"This is the execution place. If you do something wrong, whatever you do we bring you here and arrest you... there is rape and robbery here in the area... so people are just sick and tired of it," single mother Thobeka Mhlawuli told Sapa.

Commissioners Kate O'Regan and Vusi Pikoli and advocates involved in the inquiry were shown the field, at the Nkanini informal settlement.

The Social Justice Coalition, an NGO, is one of the main complainants at the inquiry into alleged police inefficiency in Khayelitsha.

Several suspected robbers had been necklaced and killed on the sandy field, which doubles as a soccer pitch for children in the area. Necklacing involves placing a car tyre over someone's head and setting it alight.

Most Nkanini residents were hesitant to speak to journalists, fearing police action or retaliation from criminals.

Mhlawuli, however, was unashamed about her support for vigilante justice.

"We don't see police here, so we basically have to fight for ourselves. They never come. They only come when the crimes are finished and done, so what's the use of them?"

She said she witnessed many community arrests, "prosecutions" and executions on the field, carried out by angry and frustrated residents. Asked what would make her stop supporting mob justice, she said "more police visibility".

"When they come here they only go to the shebeens to close them and then they leave. They don't walk around, see things, do patrols, and stay and watch."

Several other hotspots were also visited, so commissioners could see firsthand the areas where crime was rife.

The commission's hearings start in Khayelitsha on Thursday.

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille established the inquiry in August 2012 after receiving numerous complaints about police inefficiency in the Cape Flats area.

Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa opposed the decision to set up the inquiry, but it was dismissed by the Constitutional Court in October 2013.

- SAPA

Read more on:    sjc  |  police  |  nathi mthethwa  |  helen zille  |  vusi pikoli  |  cape town
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Read News24’s Comments Policy

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
16 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
 
Traffic
Lottery
 
  • Thursday Kenilworth - 09:40 AM
    Road name: M5 Northbound
    DELAYS between Ottery and Kenilworth due to roadworks in the area
  • Thursday Cape Town - 09:35 AM
    Road name: N1 Inbound
    DELAYS between Lower Church Street and the Waterfront exit via the Elevated Freeway
 
More traffic reports...
 

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Escape winter, head to Mauritius

Escape winter by spending 7 nights in Mauritius' tropical bliss from R13 215 per person sharing. Includes return flights, airport transfers and accommodation. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Get many eggs in one basket!

Gaming bundles: 2 Super Hits games for R99, 3 Disney games for R99 and more + exclusive accessory bundles only available on kalahari.com. While stocks last. Shop now!

25% off bestselling books!

The Real Meal Revolution by Tim Noakes, Jeffrey Archer’s Be Careful What You Wish for, Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor E. Frank and many more titles. Shop now!

Up to 25% off electronics

Buy top electronics and save up to 25%. Such as kalahari.com’s 1# selling product the gobii eReader, Patriot X Porter flash drive, Asus Nexus 7” 3G tablet, Samsung Galaxy SIII, Lenovo G580 Notebook and many more. Shop now!

DStv HD PVR Decoder now R949

The DStv HD PVR Decoder has further revolutionised the television experience with lifelike viewing, sharper images, more vibrant colours and precision picture quality. Now R949, save R550. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 30% off appliances & homeware

Save up to 30% on appliances and homeware this Easter! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now.

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

BlackBerry Curve 9380

The first BlackBerry Curve smartphone with a touch screen Stay connected...

From R1799.00

I'm shopping for:

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

You may be required to travel or get information for your job. This may be restricting in some way or something may slow things...read more

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.