Killing spree victims unclaimed

2017-10-05 06:01

Lower Crossroads and Marikana informal settlement remains intense after 18 people were killed and another five injured in the past week.

On Friday evening, two men entered a shebeen in Marikana and fatally shot people and left five others fighting for their lives.

On Wednesday, about a week ago, seven people were killed in the area and it was reported that Friday’s massacre was revenge killing after some gang members were allegedly killed by community patrol men.

Political figures poured into the area to ascertain what was really happening while community leaders struggled to identify the families of the dead.

Albert Dladla, a Marikana community leader said that out of the 11 people who perished on Friday, only three families have been able to identify their next of kin.

He said this during a meeting with local councillors, families of victims and the Western Cape MEC for Community Safety, Dan Plato.

Dladla said that the majority of those killed were young people who had moved into the area and it was hard to locate their families.

“We have a problem of young people who settled here without the knowledge of their close families, which explains our predicament. They are in the morgue right now and people are still going to identify them to see if they are not a family member,” said Dladla.

He also added that since the local community policing forum was ineffective, people resorted to taking the law into their hands.

Other issues regarding financial assistance for the victims were raised at the gathering.

Plato said that the City of Cape Town and the Provincial Government was not going to pay for the funeral but was raising funds.

“We will be speaking to business people to raise the funds in order for the victims to have dignified funerals.

We will support the families as far as I am concerned,” he said.

Asked about progress in the case, Plato said he had hope in the police services and said that there was a danger in rushing to arrest people.

Police spokesperson, Brigadier Novela Potelwa said on Monday that there were four suspects arrested in connection with the Friday night killing.

“Members of the stabilisation unit, following up on information, apprehended two suspects aged 39 and 41 and confiscated a firearm as well as rounds of ammunition.”

The firearm has been sent for ballistic testing to determine if it has been used in the commission of a crime, Potelwa said.


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