Jayde’s death ignites public’s stance

2015-04-30 06:00

There is an overall feeling of frustration after the death of Jayde Panayiotou. Raw emotions are running high and people are in a hurry for results and justice.

“Her murder is disgusting. We were living in hopes that she was still alive. The news of her death brought everybody down,” said Pat Unsworth, chairperson of the Uitenhage Community Policing Forum.

“When it comes so close to home is when you really feel it the most. This is why there is an outcry. The whole of Port Elizabeth and the whole of Uitenhage all are crying at the same time for this one girl who was a victim of this horrendous crime.

“The cities are in unison for once, they are all in one mind and they all feel the same way and they don’t want it to happen to anybody else.”

CPF members were prepared to assist the police with the search for Jayde. When the news came of her death, CPF members were the last to leave the scene at Market Square where the community gathered in grief at her murder.

“We lit this candle when we heard of her death and we will keep it burning till after her funeral.”

Unsworth said the public must be sensitized that they must never take the law into their own hands. Also not to act on suspicion without being sure of their facts first.

According to Lilly de Jong, a member of the Uitenhage CPF, “Jayde’s death ignited the feeling in people to stand up and do something.

“Leadership is a problem in this country resulting in a lot of the public’s frustration.

“By joining community organisations of your choice or even to get involved in your neighbourhood can make a difference.

The community in their numbers came together on the night the news broke of Jayde’s death. There were parents, babies, bikers, elderly, whole families singing and praying together.

“This was evident of a community who simply had enough,” said De Jong.

Unsworth concluded by saying “The public are motivated to band together, they must carry it forward and stick together and try and stay this way.

“This is the only way that communities can become effective.” – HEILIE COMBRINCK

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