Gangsters rob us of our lives - Cape Flats residents

2015-05-19 16:59
(Jenna Etheridge, News24)

(Jenna Etheridge, News24)

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Cape Town – Gangsters are robbing people of their belongings, their freedom and their lives, say Cape Flats residents who protested against ongoing gang violence outside Parliament on Tuesday morning.

Braving the rain and cold, around 30 people, mostly women, stood in front of police officers and waited for someone from the Presidency to accept their memorandum of demands.

Murmurs could be heard as they swapped stories about how gangsterism affected their lives.

Rughshana Oostendorp, 42, and her 4-year-old daughter travelled from Lentegeur, Mitchell's Plain, to town by train.

Holding on tightly to her crying child, she told News24 the area was not ideal to raise children because there were drug dens everywhere.

People in her road were scared to leave their homes because gangsters from the drug dens were now robbing people in their driveways.

One of her neighbours, Nawahl Patton, told News24 that her son and son-in-law were targeted while waiting for a van to pick them up for work in the early hours of Monday morning.

“My son-in-law was about to walk out the gate and he saw that these men were robbing all the people in the van with guns. They were taking all the people’s bags and cellphones,” she said.

They took the key to the van but fled in a white Toyota waiting nearby when residents rushed outside.

A woman was apparently targeted in the same street last Sunday as she came to fetch her mother for church, Patton said.

“Three guys jumped out of a car and they had guns. They took her car because she had a new company vehicle.

“I think they are doing this to get money for drugs. We can’t even go to the shop anymore or anything like that.”

Patricia Cornelius, 63, who has been living in Mitchell's Plain for half her life, told News24 that she did not feel safe.

"It is a hot spot for murder, rape and house robbery," she said. "If you show a person who is guilty of crime to the police, they take them and later on you see the person is walking free".

She said gangsters ran rampant and although residents were witness to their crimes, they felt they could do nothing.

Cornelius said she worried about the safety of her 11 grandchildren. 

"You must keep them in the house or else the gangsters' stray bullets will hit a child. It's never the gangsters getting hurt. It's always innocent people."

Charles Ford from the president's office received the memorandum.

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