Call to stop teen gangsterism after mob attack
KHAYELITSHA police have called on parents to discipline their children if they are involved in gangsterism or gang fighting in the township.
This follows after about 50 teenage gangsters armed with knives and pangas on Sunday entered Green Point in Khayelitsha and attacked anyone in sight.
Residents, in turn, fired on the mob to drive them away after the teenagers had forced their way into homes in search of rival gangsters.
Yesterday Khayelitsha police spokesman Andre Traut complained that many parents were not disciplining their children for being involved in gangsterism or gang fighting.
"People only complain or question the authorities when the their children are arrested," Traut said.
He said police were called out to a gang fight in K-Section in Khayelitsha last Friday.
They found the body of 18-year-old Azola Jakasi, who had been stabbed to death.
Police arrested eight youths on charges of attempted murder and murder.
Seven others were also arrested on charges of carrying dangerous weapons.
Traut said two suspects, aged 19 and 21, were also arrested on murder charges.
While most of the youths had been released the two suspects had remained in custody and appeared again in the Khayelitsha Magistrate's Court yesterday.
Traut also said a 15-year-old was admitted at the local hospital after he sustained injuries in Friday's gang fighting in Green Point.
No suspects have been arrested in connection with the incident on Sunday.
Western Cape community safety MEC Dan Plato said he was deeply concerned about the recent state of affairs and had already contacted various community structures in Khayelitsha to discuss the way forward.
"I believe parents have an important role to play in solving this problem as good discipline starts at home."
Plato said the children needed to be in school, learning and playing sports and focusing on their future.
In April Plato praised Khayelitsha taxi drivers for playing a role in reducing the high crime rate.
His comments then came after three sangomas accused of providing muti to teen gang members in the area in order to help them become "fearless" faced the fury of residents after being corralled by taxi bosses.
At the time members of the Congress of Democratic Taxi Association in Site C, Khayelitsha, went in search of the three sangomas, who allegedly sold muti to rival Vura and Vato gangs.
The taxi bosses approached the sangomas after receiving a tip-off from residents.