Boys go on a rampage

2016-10-06 06:00
Dozens of houses and cars were damaged by a group of boys who went helter-skelter on various streets, in KTC, on Thursday morning. PHOTOS: mBONGISENI maseko

Dozens of houses and cars were damaged by a group of boys who went helter-skelter on various streets, in KTC, on Thursday morning. PHOTOS: mBONGISENI maseko

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Massive damage was caused after groups of young boys allegedly went on a rampage in KTC, pelting dozens of houses and cars with stones in the early hours of last Thursday morning.

Ward 39 Councillor Khaya Yozi, said the culprits went around the area proclaiming that “we are back now”.

Yozi house windows and cars on various streets which included Hewu, Saba, Dike, Siwa, Venqe, Cubungu, Naude, Mzamka and Gawulethetha Streets were damaged.

Yozi said after police were called, the boys vanished into thin air.

He blamed this on parents who hid their children after they(children) committed acts of crime.

“This clearly indicates that it is the boys that are engaged in criminal activities and when police are going to arrest them, parents hide them by sending them away to other areas.

Other parents have lost their kids and now people’s property is being damaged.

Who must live in fear and in chaos? While your naughty child is a lose cannon destroying people lives.

Parents of these kids have no shame and no regard for other people’s lives and property,” he said.

Captain Elliot Sinyangana, communication officer at Gugulethu Police Station, confirmed that residents in KTC had informed them that a number of houses were stoned by a small group of boys.

“So far we are not aware of any case that has been opened and no arrests can be made.

Our Crime prevention unit has been activated in the area to prevent the reccurrence of such incidents,” Sinyangana said.

City Vision visited KTC on Monday and found that windows in most houses were still covered with plastics bags; evidence of the damage.

Residents, mostly old males, sopke on condition of anonimyty, saying they feared reprisals.

One of these, a 68 years old man, accused the parents of the boys for protecting them even though they knew that they(children) were involved in criminal activities.

“I was scared to go out(my house) when they were throwing stones on the street. We live in a democracy of skolies.

I do not like what is happening here.

The problem that we have is that their mothers protect them when they are told that their sons are involved in criminal activities.

They do not like to face the truth. Police failed dismally to restore order here,” he said.

The resident also said his son is fighting for his life in Groote Schuur Hospital after he was shot by thugs who robbed him in NY78, on his way to work last week.

Another resident said government should give them a chance to “discipline” their sons when they did something wrong.

“We need to be given a chance to discipline them. We are not scared of them. There is no police patrol here. We do not even have a Neighbourhood Watch.

Gangsterism, drugs and alcohol abuse are behind the problems that we have here.

I had to take my son away to stay with my sister after the incident. The police are also scared of the boys,” he said.

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