Khayelitsha needs more

2020-01-30 06:01

Members of Khayelitsha Development Forum (KDF) are saddened by the recent killings that happened in the area.

They say the killings are sending out a negative image about the community. At least two incidents were reported in Khayelitsha recently.

On Wednesday 22 January four people were killed at Mafu’s Tavern in Site B and on Saturday 25 January one person was shot and killed and four injured near Rands in Khayelitsha. Police are investigating the incidents and no arrests have been made yet.

KDF chair Ndithini Tyhido described Khayelitsha as a dangerous place during the day. He said both incidents are disappointing and an embarrassment to the community.

He said the killings and criminality that happens in Khayelitsha show there is a need for more cameras. “There are City cameras in Khayelitsha but some of them are not operating. However, those in working condition are not enough to monitor the whole area and that is why we launched our own camera system known as Uyabonwa CCTV cameras. We are busy with discussions to partner with City,” said Tyhido adding that their camera control room will be in Khayelitsha. However, he stated that they need funds to install it.

Tyhido blamed the government for playing blame game instead of protecting the communities.

“All three government spheres are to blame for the poor services in our communities.

“National government is blaming provincial government, while provincial government is blaming the City for lack of service delivery,” said Tyhido.

He also urged owners of social places to strengthen their securities.

The provincial police spokesperson Andre Traut said the detectives are probing the circumstances which resulted in the death of four men aged between 24 and 34 in Site B.

“Eyewitness reports suggest that about six suspects approached a local tavern situated in Site B, Khayelitsha at around 21:00 and opened fire at four patrons.

They all sustained several gunshots wounds and succumbed to death on the scene,” he said. The suspects fled and are yet to be arrested.

Traut said the motive for the murders is yet to be established.

Sgt Noloyiso Rwexana, also a provincial spokesperson, said the police are investigating the incident that happened near Rands.

She said according to information four people aged between 27 and 37 were shot, a 36-year-old man died while the other three victims including a woman were transported to a nearby hospital with gunshot wounds to their bodies.

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