2018-01-23 06:00
Community members attacked the three suspects on Friday afternoon.

Community members attacked the three suspects on Friday afternoon.

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The community of Grassy Park took matters into their own hands on Friday afternoon after the robbery of two blind residents from League of the Friends of the Blind (LOFOB).

Three suspects were severely beaten and one tied to a pole by angry locals.

Residents from the centre are now calling on locals to make the community a safer place for blind and disabled people.

Heidi Volkwijn, LOFOB manager says the incident took place behind Klip Road Clinic.

“One victim who had just arrived in Cape Town the day before was robbed of his phone. The community took matters into their own hands and attacked the suspects. They did not stop until the phone was found and returned to the blind man. It was really encouraging to see the community come out in their numbers in support of these two blind people ,” she says.

Volkwijin says the incident has now left blind residents feeling traumatised and fearing for their safety. “It has in the past had, and continues to have, a negative impact on the confidence of blind people who are trained to walk independently within the Grassy Park community.

“Far too many suspicious people are allowed to walk the streets without the police and community finding out their business and disarming them.”

Warrant Officer Wynita Kleinsmith says the suspects who were severely beaten by angry community members were taken to hospital.

“The suspects aged between 29 and 32 were arrested and appeared in Wynberg Magistrate’s Court yesterday on charges of robbery.”

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