Site B killing fields after death of eight

2018-03-08 06:01
Spectators look on as police and forensics work on two corpses, whose identity was not yet known, were found burned beyond recognition in U.T informal settlement, in Site B. PHOTO: UNATHI OBOSE

Spectators look on as police and forensics work on two corpses, whose identity was not yet known, were found burned beyond recognition in U.T informal settlement, in Site B. PHOTO: UNATHI OBOSE

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Police are investigating a case of murder after the two bodies of unknown men were found burned beyond recognition in the U.T informal settlement in Site B last Friday.

The bodies were discovered by people going to their work places that morning.

“We don’t know what happened ... We saw these bodies here this morning. Perhaps they were involved in some criminal acts, were then caught, beaten and then set alight,” said a woman, who wouldn’t identify herself.

She also said the deceased could have been killed somewhere else and then dumped on the spot.

“If these people were from around here, we would have heard noises of people shouting or even dogs barking.

I didn’t hear anything. I just saw people standing here while I was going to the toilet this morning,” said the mother of two who stays few metres away from where the deceased were found.

On Tuesday, Ward 91 Councillor Thando Mpengezi said they were still waiting for post-mortem to identify the deceased.

“It was difficult to identify them because their faces were severely burned and the community members are unwilling to come forward. So, we are waiting for the results to be able to trace their next-of-kin.”

Mpengezi described his ward as a high mortality rate area.

“Between Friday and today(Tuesday) about eight people were killed here in separate incidents,” said Mpengezi adding he is working close with the police to bring the culprits to book.

“This is a high crime area. Even, now we are intending to establish a neighbourhood watch to tighten up security in our fight against fight crime.

He said the City had delivered all the necessary equipment for a neighbourhood watch to be established.

“The City has already delivered reflectors, torches and jackets to my office. We are currently busy screening all members who want to be part of the neighbourhood watch,” he stated.

Khayelitsha Police Station Communications Officer Captain Marcellus Rajap confirmed the incident.

“The motive for killings at this stage is unknown at the moment, and no arrests have been made yet. The police are investigating the case,” said Rajap.

He added that the police were also investigating three other separate cases of murder in the area.

“On Friday evening, at the corner of Mew Way and Alien Streets a male person was stabbed to death, and in two separate incidents on Saturday, the body of a young male was found at R.R temporals and again at the Alien drive where a person was gunned down,” said Captain Rajap.

Captain Rajap is pleading with members of the public who may have information regarding these incidents to come forward to help solve these crime.

“Any witness or anybody who knows or may have witnessed these killings must offer that information to the police or investigating officer Sergeant Cloete on his cell 073 478 5316 or 021 360 2368. All information will be treated in the strictest confidentiality.

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