Imbali township residents no longer feel safe in their own homes because of the trigger-happy gunmen who are terrorising the area. So far, there has been no justice for the victims.
Every weekend, residents have to live with the constant threat that they, or someone they know and love, could be next.
Community social media pages are now used to update anxious residents on the latest shootings and information on the funerals of those killed. Gunshots reportedly start ringing out from Thursday evenings, every single week. No one is safe because even law enforcement officers have lost their lives to the ongoing violence.
The perpetrators have become more brazen in recent weeks and the police seem to be battling to catch up with them as more bodies keep falling. Six people have already been gunned down in separate incidents since the beginning of March, but the police have not arrested a single suspect.
Imbali is not known for gang violence and there has been no indication of the resurgence of the violent political conflicts that Edendale is infamously known for. One has to wonder, where is the police intelligence while people are being slaughtered with no justice?
Some of the shootings happened in the full view of others but the information available is said to be too sketchy to help the police track down the killers. Residents are left feeling they are at the mercy of the gunmen.
How is it fair that criminals are allowed to roam freely when we have a police force that is supposedly well equipped to protect people so they don’t end up being victims of crime?
The Minister of Police, Bheki Cele, always comes out with grand promises when he releases the quarterly crime statistics but these lack substance in terms of coming to fruition. The officers on the ground blame this on the lack of resources at police stations.
Who else must die before the value of life is appreciated and protected in this country, and in our city?