Area painted with fear

2016-03-15 06:00
A well-known wall of fame for Cape musicians was one of the properties that was defaced with messages of support for the murdered 19-year-old Jaime Booysen. PHOTO: gary van dyk

A well-known wall of fame for Cape musicians was one of the properties that was defaced with messages of support for the murdered 19-year-old Jaime Booysen. PHOTO: gary van dyk

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Residents of Kensington fear an onslaught of attacks on their homes after messages of support were spraypainted on their homes following a murder in the area.

Nineteen-year-old Jaime Booysen was stabbed and killed on the corner of 10th Avenue and Bunney Street on Saturday 27 February at about 23:00.

Four men, aged between 18 and 22 years, have been arrested in connection with the murder.

Residents’ homes in the area have become targets for graffiti, with messages of support for the slain youth spraypainted.

In one of these incidents a wall of fame honouring Cape music legends was also defaced.

A resident who did not want to be named explains the wall was painted by well-known sound engineer Ezra Delport who is now living in America.

“How could anyone want to deface such a beautiful work of art? Don’t they have any respect?,” he asks.

“The other bigger problem is that we don’t know all the reasons behind the killing. Is it gang-related?

“If it is, then all the houses where these messages have been sprayed may become targets. These gangsters won’t knock on your door to ask which side you support.

“Apart from it being plain vandalism it could pose a risk to the homeowners.”

Another resident who did not want to be named called for the culprits to come forward to undo their dirty work.

“A person works hard to make your house beautiful and then this happens,” she says.

“I walked around our immediate neighbourhood and at least ten houses have been affected. That beautiful painting of the musicians ... also defaced so terribly.

“While we do have sympathy with the family for their loss this was not needed, because it is going to cost those homeowners to remove it. I just had the walls done recently, now I will have to fork out more money to clean up the mess.

“Why were only some houses targeted in the area, what did we do to deserve this vandalism?”

Captain Fredrik van Wyk, a provincial police spokesperson, says police responded to one of the incidents of graffiti.

“An 18-year-old has been arrested and appeared in court where he faces charges of assault and malicious damage to property.

“We urge residents to report these incidents to the police who will investigate fully.”

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