‘My heart breaks all the time’

2016-03-29 06:00
Mary-Anne, a mother from Lavender Hill says murderers shouldn’t live to see the light of day PHOTO: TIYESE JERANJI

Mary-Anne, a mother from Lavender Hill says murderers shouldn’t live to see the light of day PHOTO: TIYESE JERANJI

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Gangsterism in Lavender Hill has torn many local families apart. A lot of people have lost their lives and amongst them are innocent people who had nothing to do with the gangs.

Many families who lose a loved member through gang fighting find it difficult to move on.

One of these people is 48-year-old Mary-Anne Abrahams, whose one child was shot and killed in a gang attack. She is now calling on police to be more visible in the area.

Abrahams maintains that her son Salie Abrahams was never involved in gangsterism. The 19-year-old was shot and killed with another resident near Stone court. It is alleged that he was gambling there with others when they were approached by four men who opened fire on them. Four more people were injured in the shooting (“Many shot in ‘gang killing’”, People’s Post, 8 March).

Abrahams says the community is in fear.

“Children can’t walk around openly. As they walk anything can happen. Gangsters shoot all the time.

“It really pains me that my son had to die such a painful death. I want something done. I will never be able to move on from what happened. It fills my eyes with tears and breaks my heart all the time when I think of the fact that I will never see my child again,” she says.

At times she sits alone and reminisces on the good times she had with her son.

“He was my everything. He was so hopeful about the future. He had applied for a job and he was going to start soon. He was very quiet. He loved making jokes. He was my helper.

“Now he is gone and no-one can help me like he did. Police must help us; how many people must die to see that Lavender Hill is owned by gangs? My wish is that all the killers would rot in jail. The justice system is also not doing us any favours; these people are arrested today and tomorrow they are out.”

Police are still investigating the shooting that left two people dead and four others injured. Anyone with information should call Steenberg police on 021 702 9000.

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