Cop killers and rapists arrested

2015-08-06 06:01
Ndikho Veni, of Khayelitsha CPF, Brigadier Nomthetheleli Mene, Khayelitsha station commander, Commander Johan Brand, of the Khayelitsha police cluster, Major general Thembisile Phatekile, acting provincial commissioner, Dr D.D Mtsolo, of the Litha Me

Ndikho Veni, of Khayelitsha CPF, Brigadier Nomthetheleli Mene, Khayelitsha station commander, Commander Johan Brand, of the Khayelitsha police cluster, Major general Thembisile Phatekile, acting provincial commissioner, Dr D.D Mtsolo, of the Litha Me

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Police believe they have a “strong case” against four suspects who were arrested following the rape and murder of Bongiwe Ninini, 20 of Site C, Khayelitsha, about three weeks ago.

This was revealed during a media briefing which was also attended by Major General Thembisile Phatekile, the acting provincial commissioner on Thursday, at Khayelitsha police station.

The four suspects, aged between 19 and 22 have since appeared at the Khayelitsha Magistrate’s Court, according to the briefeing. They were not named, though.

Three of the suspects are believed to live close to their alleged victim.

Nomthetheleli Mene, the Khayelitsha station commander, said they have positive evidence linking the suspects to the rape and killing of Ninini.

“We believe we have a strong case against them. Safety is everybody’s responsibility. We urge residents to mobilise themselves to join legitimate structures. Residents must be vigilant at all times. They must avoid walking alone and avoid walking with strangers. We also said they must avoid indulging too much in alcohol. We are going to address the issue of underage children who go to shebeens,” Mene said.

Johan Brand, General Commander for Khayelitsha police cluster, said the issue of illegal shebeens also needs to be addressed as their number is estimated to 1400 in Khayelitsha alone.

“In Somerset West, Strand, Lwandle and other areas, people are not allowed to trade (alcohol) in their houses, but it is a different story in Khayelitsha,” he said.

. Meanwhile, the issue of criminal activities on the N2 highway was also addressed.

The latest in a string of incident is the one of a Warrant Officer Petrus Holz, 50, who was stabbed to death by unknown men after stopping there to change a flat tyre last Wednesday morning.

Two suspects, Adrian Hendricks and Xavier Ryan, have since appeared at the Somerset West Magistrate’s Court, charged with Holz’s murder.

Phatekile praised residents for the information which led to their swift arrests.

“We believe we have a strong case against these suspects(too). We want to thank the people who came forward with the information. We have deployments on the N2. We have a number of cars patrolling there,” Phatekile said.

Ndithini Tyhido, chairperson for Khayelitsha Development Forum (KDF), said there are only 34 legalised taverns in Khayelitsha, but that the numbers of illegal shebeens have balloned to unacceptable highs.

He said there are a number of issues that need to be looked at which will contribute to fighting crime such as the issue of zoning. “There are more issue that need to be dealt with. Our task is to keep Khayelitsha safe. We say the suspects (in the rape and killing of Ninini) must be denied bail,” Tyhido said.

Ndikho Veni, of Community Police Forum (CPF) in the area, said their aim is to form a link between residents and police which will help in fighting crime. Rape and abuse of women and minors was on the rise

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