Silulo hit by crime

2015-09-17 06:00

Police Minister Nathi Nhleko addressed a meeting called by the Khayelitsha Development Forum to discuss police relations with the community. INSERT: A shattered business owner Luvuyo Ranio was robbed at gun-point on Tuesday at Khaya Bazaar.


Police Minister Nathi Nhleko addressed a meeting called by the Khayelitsha Development Forum to discuss police relations with the community. INSERT: A shattered business owner Luvuyo Ranio was robbed at gun-point on Tuesday at Khaya Bazaar. ph

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Ten armed men made off with material worth R112 000 after robbing an award winning and well-known busness enterprise in Khayelitsha on Tuesday.

The Silulo Ulutho Technology headquarters at Khaya Bazaar was the latest victim of crime, which has left its founder and staff deeply traumatized.

A visibly depressed Luvuyo Rani- the owner of the award winning company- said he still felt hard done by the events that took place that morning.

“We were in a meeting when I suddenly saw three guys wearing balaclavas pointing guns at us. They started collecting cellularphones, laptops and demanded car keys from us,” he said.

Seven more intruders entered and ransacked the place before escaping in a VW Golf belonging to one of Silulo’s employees, said Rani.

The robbers started by “arresting” security guards and forced them into a storage room

In a terse e-mail written to Small Enterprise Finance Agency (Sefa) the landlord responsible for running Khaya Bazaar, Rani said: “ I don’t know where to begin, I am not in a good space at the moment. Today’s experience is horrible and I don’t wish to go through it again. I have been fighting for so long for Khaya Bazaar to be fenced and have securities(guards) and also lights(installed).

“All of that was finally done in July and I was happy with that. The sad part is the fact that it attracted different kinds of business which is not in line with the center and our businesses,” said he said.

Recently, the centre became home to the popular chesa-nyama based lifestyle company, RandsCapeTown.

Rani said since they are providing training and ICT access, they felt “exposed to the criminal elements that have targeted” them.

“I want to make it clear that what you have done is to destroy a centre that we have built over many years. My heart is so broken and I am shattered, and I can’t see myself, including the rest of my staff going back there to work again.

“As from now the centre is closed on our side, people are so much traumatized. I just wanted to let you know that we can’t continue working at this place at all,” he added.

.Meanwhile, Police Minister Nathi Nhleko on Saturday met with residents and heard complaints that some police officers were allegedly involved in criminal activities such as drug dealing and car hijacking.

Nhleko was invited by Khayelitsha Development Forum about the controversial commission of inquiry into policing in Khayelitsha.

Nhleko, who was invited by the forum, wanted to know the nature of the relationship between police and community.

Some speakers said the community did not trust the police – but others described their relationship as good.

SAPS Khayelitsha cluster commander General Johan Brand conceded that some police were involved in criminal activities. “We do have bad apples.”

Brand cited a robbery case at Khayelitsha Mall where a cleaner at a police station was involved and two cases where police officers were arrested for hijackings perpetrated by gangsters known as the Avanza and Quantum groups.

Brand also praised community involvement in policing. A member of the Khayelitsha Development Forum, Mzanywa Ndibongo, criticised the commission of inquiry, saying it had not consulted community members but had spoken on behalf of the community. The commission was established by Premier Helen Zille and was given a mandate to investigate complaints relating to allegations of inefficiency of the SAPS operating in Khayelitsha.

It also set out to investigate a breakdown in relations between Khayelitsha residents and the police

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