Residents ask taxi bosses for help “where police fear to tread”

2015-10-01 06:00

A running war between rival gangsters has led to community leaders approaching taxi industry bosses for help to curb the skirmishes in Kuyasa in Khayelitsha.

Mandla Dosi, a community leader in the area, said the latest incident saw a gang allegedly kicking down the doors at the house of one of a rival group member and severely attack with sharp weapons.

Residents in the area have approached the Congress of Democratic Taxi Associations or Codeta on Thursday after a meeting resolution.

Dosi said the attackers stormed into the house in Ngwenza Street, last Monday afternoon.

The gangsters also allegedly laid on the members of a rival group as they were coming out of Siphamandla Secondary School, on Monday.

“We approached Codeta because we see now that they (gangsters) are becoming uncontrollable. The names of the groups are not known to us. They fight every day. We want to end the violence. Residents no longer trust police that is why we opted for Codeta. Police are scared of the gangs. Sometimes they come late when we call them and sometimes they do not come at all,” Dosi said.

He also said they could not even celebrate Heritage Day, instead they had to march to the Codeta offices at the Site C taxi rank on Thursday to state their case.

Dosi alleged that some of the gangsters in the locale came to his house on Sunday asking to be given back their weapons to defend their territory from the offending gang.

The weapons had been confiscated by the elders a few weeks ago. Dosi said he refused to hand the weapons over to the boys.

He added that these gangsters now feel that the elders are taking sides in the war in the area after he refused to hand over the weapons.

One of the casualties of the war was approached by City Vision for comment.

The 18 year old who was attacked after gangs allegedly kicked the door of his house.

His hands were still bandaged from the attack, but refused to divulge his name nor that of his gang.

“I do not know why they are attacking us. One of my friends was stabbed last week so we went all out to retaliate, but we could not find them. They then came and kicked the door at home and stabbed me. I do not know how it started and I do not know the solution to end it,” he said.

Bhabha Kweyimane, a community leader at 59 Section, said the “solution must be found soon” to end the fight between the gangsters. A group of about 20 gang members walked on Ngwenza Street with their weapons in full display as City Vision visited on Friday.

Johnson “Matshaya” Mbizweni, Codeta working committee member, said they will work with the residents to fight the violence.

“We are still discussing the ways of fighting the violence. We will work with the community. They approached us. We worked with them in 2011 and that made a change in the area,” Mbizweni said

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