Mbalula urged to intervene in Philippi after night of bloodshed

2017-09-28 17:19
Police Minister Fikile Mbalula. (Deaan Vivier, Gallo Images, Beeld)

Police Minister Fikile Mbalula. (Deaan Vivier, Gallo Images, Beeld)

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Cape Town – Residents of Philippi, just over the highway from the Cape Town International Airport, have asked Police Minister Fikile Mbalula to intervene after a spate of killings, heightened levels of fear about crime, and a breakdown in trust between residents and police.

Seven people were killed on Tuesday night in the Nyanga cluster.

READ: Cops probing night of bloodshed in Nyanga

According to a source, who was not authorised to speak to the media, five of the victims were stoned and stabbed to death, across three crime scenes in Philippi East.

The source said there were allegations that a group of people, masked with balaclavas, had fetched the victims from their homes.

It is understood that four victims had been identified, while a man found in Symphony Way had not yet been identified.

Captain FC van Wyk said at the time that detectives were "combing crime scenes for clues".

Asked on Thursday about the injuries and circumstances of the killings, he replied that the extensive investigation was at a sensitive stage.

"Therefore, the details concerning the sad events cannot be revealed to the media at this stage."

Nyanga Community Policing Forum chairperson Martin Makasi previously told News24 that they suspected vigilantism was at play.

"It is frustrating because the police said they had people on the ground. It was about an hour later, and then the murders happened."

'The police are failing us'

Earlier this month, the bodies of three men, believed to have been set alight, were discovered in the Marikana informal settlement in Philippi East.

Following the killings this week, the police announced that plans were in place to engage with Philippi East residents regarding the violence.

"Taking the law into your own hands is not a solution and is an offence punishable by law," warned Van Wyk.

Ward 35 development chairperson Xolisa Pukayi said he wanted Mbalula to visit and intervene.

"The police are failing us. The criminals are very dangerous," he told News24 on Thursday.

Pukayi claimed that police officers had admitted to being scared of the criminals.

"We are so furious and devastated."

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