Cape Flats residents call for army after weekend of carnage

By Doug Mattushek - 08 July 2019Views : 419


This past weekend saw another spate of killings on the Cape Flats, with 13 people murdered since Friday night.

The Cape Argus reported that six women were shot dead at a private residence in Philippi East late on Friday night. Then on Saturday morning, two dead bodies were found with multiple gunshot wounds in Hanover Park. Finally, on Sunday, five people were shot dead at a Philippi East shebeen named Thandi’s Place.

In all instances, the suspects are unknown.

Thembisile Mbenene, a community member from Philippi East, lamented that the police cannot handle the situation.

"The situation here is beyond the police...it needs the army,” he said.

"If needs be we must suspend the constitution and bring in the army to protect us."

Another Philippi East resident, Sphakamise Ngxowa, said the police have failed.

“Why was crime intelligence not deployed after the first shootings of the five women? We should have done as former premier Helen Zille asked and called in the army to protect us because the police have failed."

Community Safety MEC Albert Fritz condemned the killings.

“The Western Cape government condemns in the strongest possible terms the latest killings and we really want to call on the police to do everything that they can, make every single effort to speedily investigate the deaths of the latest victims," said Fritz.

“We also call on the community to provide the police with information that can lead to the arrest of these perpetrators. They must be put away in prison.”