Calling for justice

2019-11-12 06:01
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Two unrelated families, united by the tragedy of losing a teenage son, have taken a stand in a call for justice.

The Basson and Arendse families took to the corners of Spine Road and Merrydale Avenue on Saturday, holding posters of their sons.

Motorists hooted in support as they passed.

While both cases are unrelated, they share striking and unfortunate similarities.

Both were 19, went to Portland High School, were shot coming from a 21st birthday party and were hailed as heroes.

They also shared the same name: Chad.

Chad Basson was shot and killed last year on Saturday 28 July at 05:15.

“Lentegeur police received a complaint of a shooting in Marigold Street. On arrival at the scene, police found a 19-year-old who had been shot multiple times in his head. The deceased had passed away on the scene,” said police spokesperson, Cpt Ian Williams­.

Basson was hailed a hero after he used his body to shield others during a drive-by shooting.

Chad Arendse from Beacon Valley was shot and killed on Youth Day.

He was shot in Beaufort Street, Rocklands, at 01:30.

Arendse was shot 14 times in the face and head. He was a drum major for the Western Province Drilling Squad and well-loved in his community.

His mother Natasha Arendse says they want justice.

“The suspects are walking free, out on bail,” said Natasha.

Chad Basson’s father, Cornelius Basson, says the march was arranged by a Portland High School learner.

“This is to commemorate all the youngsters who lost their lives through gun and gang violence.

“We believe that this is a way to keep their memory alive,” says Cornelius.

He says they had invited more families of slain youth.

“We want to show them that we have not forgotten about them and also show the criminals that we as a community will not just sit back.

“Anyone wanting to do this must think twice because we are not happy about this,” he says.

The families are also calling for a faster turnaround time on investigations.

“It is a year and a half since my son was killed and we have nothing yet. We have given them everything,” says Cornelius.

Natasha says she is still heartbroken

“I would not wish anyone to go through what we are going through. Especially when you are struggling to get answers,” she says.

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