A community in pain

2019-02-19 06:01

The community of Hillview has been left reeling in pain following the shooting of a man they described as amazing, hardworking and always willing to help.

Bradley Arendse (28) was shot and killed on Saturday 9 February. He died in Hillview Avenue park. It is alleged Arendse was being robbed when he was shot and killed.

Arendse had worked as labourer and he was coming home from work when he was killed.

Mark Nicholson, who lived with Arendse in Lavender Hill, said his death has left him heartbroken.

Arendse had left his home in Hillview following gang violence in the area and had gone back home to be with his family when he was shot.

However, what has left the community in the greatest fear and worry is that the perpetrators continue to roam the streets and this is adding salt to their already open wounds.

“Three suspects handed themselves over to the police on the evening of his shooting. They were kept in the holding cells and they were told they will appear in court on Tuesday after they were charged. When they got to court on Tuesday there was no docket. I was told it went missing so the suspects had to be released. How does a docket go missing? His mother didn’t even get the case number. The case had to go like that – there is no justice at all,” said Nicholson.

Nicholson said that whilst Arendse was staying with him he had also helped with the coaching of the junior Lavender Hill soccer team.

“He helped me coach the boys. Tuesday and Thursday you will find him in the training field and Saturday we are doing games. He was really helpful and he didn’t have to die this way,” he said.

Ralph Bouwers, who had also worked closely with Arendse, said he was a good man. “He was just trying to make a living and he hated the gang fights, hence he moved out of the area. This just goes to show the socio-economic challenges that we have. It is just sad when something like this happens. The worst part is that the suspects had to be released. Now they are left to roam the street. Our question is, who is next?” said Bouwers.

Bouwers went on to says it is a pity that because of the situation in the communities, people don’t even want to go to work.

“They are scared of being robbed and killed. Most people here do blue-collar jobs and they have to be out early morning or back very late at night and that puts their lives in danger. So they rather stay in their homes,” he said.

The community came together in Blonde Street to observe a moment of silence for Arendse and to share their sadness with the family.

Muizenberg Police Station spokesperson Captain Stephen Knapp said they can confirm the murder of Arendse. “The motive for his killing is still being investigated. Three suspects were detained on Saturday evening (9 February). They appeared in Muizenberg Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday 12 February,” he said.

Knapp went on to say that the allegations that the case was dismissed as there was no docket are untrue. “The case was provisionally withdrawn for further investigation. This office takes issue with unsubstantiated statements and allegations of malpractice. The docket has never been missing.The suspects were released after the case was provisionally withdrawn,” he said.


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