Cape Town gang goes on the rampage

2012-07-30 11:02

Cape Town - About 50 youths armed with pangas and knives entered a section of Khayelitsha, Cape Town, looking for rival gang members, it was reported on Monday.

The Cape Times reported that the gang forced their way into homes in the Green Point section of the township on Sunday night threatening to attack bystanders.

Warrant Officer November Filander said that although homes had been plundered, no cases had been opened and no arrests made.

He said no one was injured.

A resident, who remained anonymous, told the newspaper the gang was from Site B and was often involved in street battles with rivals from Green Point.

"They said schools here will be closed... Residents came out and chased them and fired shots at them. From what I understand, some gangsters were wounded but still managed to get away."

The rival gangs had been at war with each other since last year. In the last 10 days, four members from both gangs had been killed.

Social Justice Coalition member Axolile Notywala said gangs had recently started intimidating and attacking bystanders.

  • stanley.marries - 2012-07-30 11:21

    And government still insists that the police has the situation under control...*thinking*

      simon.elrick.7 - 2012-07-30 11:25

      Like Ive said a few times... Send the Army in.

      michael.vanrheenen.9 - 2012-07-30 11:36

      Khayelitsha and Green Point are very far from each other? Am I missing something here? And yes I agree... It's time they send in the damn SANDF!!! Zuma and co likes what's going on in the WP and this is why they are not intervening!

      frans.vanderpoll - 2012-07-30 11:42

      @michael 'Green Point section of the township' - not Green Point.

      oom.koos.7 - 2012-07-30 14:28

      Join the neighbourhood watch...

  • ann.murray.9279 - 2012-07-30 11:22

    This is just plain scary! Law and order needs to be re-established in our country. I feel very sorry for those who were threatened by these thugs!

  • robynne.els.1 - 2012-07-30 11:35

    The parents of these youth thugs need to put them over their knees and give them a bloody good hiding!

      gerhard.debruijn - 2012-07-30 12:07

      That is such a naive statement from a person that most probably never had any exposure to or contact with these gangs. The parents will be slaughtered and the murders will not even be reported. So please only make comments like that if a gun was shoved in your face by a 15 year old. The gang problem on the Cape Flats and in the black (Yes Black) townships are out of hand. PLEASE try and spank them! I dare you. Even the police cannot contain the situation. Give them a hiding. That is telling them hey!!

      carla.vittori3 - 2012-07-30 12:17

      @gerhard - I see your point and I agree with you. But I can't help wondering if the parents had done the disciplining when they were younger the kids would have a little more respect...

      robynne.els.1 - 2012-07-30 12:24

      @gerhard: not that's its any of your business but you my friend are the one who has never had anything to do with gangs! I am a recovered drug addict and even went to the funeral of one of my closest friends who was in the gangs and was stabbed to death by another gang! Even gangsters hold their mommys close to their hearts but the parents would rather just stay out of it! That is said my friend from personal experience!

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-07-30 12:51

      The police cannot contain them because for the most part, we don't have real policemen or a real police force any more, and we are bound by Law which holds the principle of human rights in higher regard than Law and Order. (I do acknowledge and salute the real policemen and women in the force - but you are in the minority). Gangs, like most criminals thrive on the fear caused by extreme violence and no respect for life. The moment you hand the same treatment back to them and according to their rules of engagement, only then can you hope to reverse the tide and one can restore stability. The problem now is that 'human rights' has priority over stability or protecting the innocent. Perhaps this is right, but it makes situations like this almost impossible to solve because the perpetrators have no such 'human rights' code of moral conduct to adhere to. Solution - people are dying at the hands of common gutter thugs. Declare a state of emergency, hunt them down and deal with them according to their own rules of engagement

      gerhard.debruijn - 2012-07-30 14:21

      @Robynne. These are not little children. I have worked with them and against them. The parents are never home in the forming years (5 to 10), because they leave for work before the kids leave for school and get home late at night. At a young age the children are recruited into gangs. By the age of 13 to 15, they are hardened criminals! Life to them has NO value. In 99% of the cases, the parents are not even aware of what they are up to. Once they are in a gang, they cannot leave. By the time the parents want to do something about it, their lives are threatened and they are severely assaulted by gang members and sometimes even murdered. AND I had a 9mm Star (Old police issue) pressed against my head, right between my eyes by a boy which I estimated at the most 15. I had nothing to do with gangs? More than you will know Honey. Despite the fact that I am no longer actively involved as I did not want my kids to grow up without a dad, I am of the opinion that little can be done on a social scale, but only the police and the armed forces will be able to make a difference.

      sachasea - 2012-07-30 16:34

      @BigChiefPlumbPudding - "Gangs, like most criminals thrive on the fear caused by extreme violence and no respect for life." I beg to disagree. Gangs actually thrive on the profits they make from drugs being illegal. That's the main cause of all the warring and conflict between the different gangs. You control the neighbourhood >>> you control the supply of drugs >>> you control the profits >>> your gang gets more powerful. It's hardly rocket science. Legalize and regulate drugs to get rid of thugs!

      sachasea - 2012-07-30 19:32

      South America Sees Drug Path to Legalization

      helen.stephens.1257 - 2012-08-19 11:41

      Yes, whilst dodging the pangas no doubt - not even funny, robyn.

  • ndou.miranda - 2012-07-30 11:41

    Clearly the police system is not working, i agree lets bring forth the Army.

  • Weeazal - 2012-07-30 11:48

    The Military is a band aid on a gaping wound....Change the Government.... Come on people wake up! We cannot continue to live under the ANC rule.... Yes DA runs Western Cape, but under the thumb of an oppressive incompetent thieving regime... Time for change is now.

  • nkosikhonorman.ludidi - 2012-07-30 11:49

    nathi Mthethwa may he please deploy the GAUTENG TACTICAL RESPONSE TEAM(TRT) just for 3 months to monitor the situation and i asure you that this fight can come to an end

  • tricia.sutherland1 - 2012-07-30 11:59

    let them kill one another, there are other innocent people elsewhere being raped, robbed, murdered ... let the gangs wipe each other out.

      Jo.Davies123 - 2012-07-30 12:25

      The problem with this is they don't only hurt each other. The innocent are involved as well. A 7 year old girl (if memory serves me) was killed just the other days through this senseless violence.

      Jayne - 2012-07-30 12:55

      Unfortunately too many innocent people are caught in the crossfire!

  • lmapheto - 2012-07-30 12:14

    From the former General Bheki Cele “ you cannot go around kissing crime, we have to shoot to kill” and they sacked him because he didn’t read documents he was signing and the chairperson deemed him unfit to hold office, i say bring back Mr. Cele to finish his JOB...the people of Khayelitsha cannot live in fear in the presence of such talent to combat crime...Hon. Please write a reminder requesting military presence in the Cape...a life of one South African is worth more than their EGO...

      CORNHOLIO - 2012-07-30 12:27

      he was the only member of the anc in government that i actually liked. guess he just looked like a fun guy.still dont mind him for some reason even though he did least he had style

      CORNHOLIO - 2012-07-30 12:29


  • mark.s.webster.5 - 2012-07-30 12:16

    Ah but if the army goes in and peace is restored then the DA will have won. If the gangs stay and there is violence, then the DA can not do their "job" and the ANC wins. Hmmmm wonder why the army can not go in???

      sachasea - 2012-07-30 19:38

      The army going in would just exacerbate the situation and lead to the gangs arming themselves more heavily and using more barbaric and vicious tactics to do their business, which would also inevitably lead to more innocent lives being lost in the process. I agree with the ANC approach in not sending in the army, but whether they don't want to, because of humanitarian reasons remains to be seen.

      william.letsong.5 - 2012-07-31 01:08

      sachasea people like you shouldn't comment on issues like this. You have no idea what is going on, on the Cape Flats. You are writing pure crap.

  • CORNHOLIO - 2012-07-30 12:18

    uuuuh name is polydronkie *picks nose* it is all the fault of the white and the da *eats it* *picks nose* *examinies finger* *picks nose* and those colirds to *eats it* *copies and pastes "aluta continua"*

      CORNHOLIO - 2012-07-30 12:20


      randall.j.coetzee - 2012-07-30 12:43

      Lmao!!! Pravo!!!! I live in mbekweni brother and if you saw how many people(blacks) kill each other, use drugs and rape their own woman you'd probably still blame the white men hay??? You stupid idiot.

      Siviwe Bangani - 2012-07-30 12:45

      caenholio...u knw when i see the comments that people like you make (racist people),and i see them almost everyday when i read comments from certain articles here on news24, i only feel bad for the children that will be raised under a poisoned mind like yours...its a shame really

      william.letsong.5 - 2012-07-31 01:11

      He can't even spell. Probably from Limpopo or an ANCYL card holder.

      william.letsong.5 - 2012-07-31 01:11

      He can't even spell. Probably from Limpopo or an ANCYL card holder. Or maybe both.

  • Lindelwa - 2012-07-30 12:26

    Michael, we have postal codes in South Africa. How many Kerk straat and Church streets do we have in South Africa? Same with names of places;we have Newcastle in Britain and Newcastle in South Africa, yet they have different postal codes. So really, that's not an issue.

      balan.morgen - 2012-08-19 09:30

      don't forget theres Newcastle in Australia as well.

  • shannon.moffett.9 - 2012-07-30 12:34

    Bring in the army!!

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-07-30 13:53

      @ Victor - your'e so brainwashed with your revolutionary political clutter that you can't see or understand what's actually going on or and how it all works. You contribution here simply reveals what a racist idiot you are.

  • tshekiso.saul - 2012-07-30 12:37

    Ah Pathetic stories, when the crime drops the Province (DA run) is praising their work. And when it gets tough, they want to blame it on the national government. How poorly thought.

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-07-30 13:55

      What a short sighted racist comment.

  • randall.j.coetzee - 2012-07-30 12:48

    a Theory... Why don't we bring in the death penalty back for anyone who belongs to a gang? I mean... They have a death wish anyway, there's no need to let them roam free and hope they don't kill innocent people. What are the gangsters gonna say anyway? We are taking away their freedom to express themselves???

  • JASEVEN156 - 2012-07-30 13:10

    Zuma is still waiting for an assessment from DA on gang striken areas...... While Natie Mtetwa is addament that the soldiers have no equipment, like rubber bullets. Where on earth does a soldier goes to war with rubber bullet??? A gangster shoot to kill and you wanna shoot to just injure a gangster so that he is going to pay bail, tomorrow is on the street again shooting innocents kids. Wake up Mr President and wake wena Mtetwa. We need peace of mind here!!!!! Cele!! We demand you back bro. You should have wan the case man!!! Come and safe us!!!

  • - 2012-07-30 14:09

    Thats Cape town for u, they r thugs mxm, i remember they tried to stab me thank God He defended me

      william.letsong.5 - 2012-07-31 01:25

      And the rest of the country is as safe as heaven. You funny.

  • - 2012-07-30 14:11

    Thats Cape town for u, they r thugs mxm, i remember they tried to stab me thank God He defended me, i can tell u now, CAPE TOWN IS VERY DANGEROUS

  • shaheen.isaacs - 2012-07-30 17:48

    I agree , with youth carrying knives pangas and clearly intimidating bystanders ,,,send in the heavy guns to sort them out .

      william.letsong.5 - 2012-07-31 01:30

      Since when and where in the world is it the opposition's job to create work and make an economy grow Idiot Victor? Since your incompetent ANC can't? Do you realise what a fool you are? Do you even know what a text book look like? Try to get hold of one and learn something. I know it might be difficult to find one where you are.

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