Frustrated residents in Makhaya, Khayelitsha, arrested after taking the law into their own hands

Residents in Makhaya section 23 were arrested at 3am this morning, accused of chasing people out of their homes. While the police were arresting people, two houses in the area were being broken into by criminals.

Pharie Sefali

News | 18 March 2014

Religious leaders ask their congregations to do more than pray for an end to gang violence on the Cape Flats

On 14 March, Imam Rashied Omar, chairperson of the Western Cape Religious Leaders Forum (WCRLF), hosted Manenberg community leaders at the Claremont Main Road mosque, where he officiates.

Yazeed Kamaldien

News | 17 March 2014

Former gang member calls for the army to pacify the Cape Flats “civil war”

Former gang member Mervin Lewis says what is happening in Mitchells Plain, Manenberg, Nyanga, Khayelitsha and Gugulethu is not a gang fight, but a low intensity civil war.

Mary-Anne Gontsana

News | 12 March 2014

Manenberg schools battle for safety

Lesley Knight has been teaching at Edendale Primary School for 27 years. She has witnessed some of the worst incidents of gang violence in Manenberg.

Sibusiso Tshabalala

News | 25 February 2014

Stumbling across vigilante violence

Yet another vigilante incident took place in Endlovini, Khayelitsha, at 5pm on 20 February on the open field at the corner of Mew Way and Steve Biko Road.

Adam Armstrong

News | 24 February 2014

Witness alleges police accepted bribe in murder case

While testifying today at the Khayelitsha Commission, a witness stated she believes the officer investigating the murder of her son accepted a bribe to stop his investigation.

Adam Armstrong

News | 30 January 2014

“Police do not care” - chilling testimony at Khayelitsha Commission

Malwande Msongelwa found her brother dead at a bus-stop near her house. He had been stabbed. She called the emergency number, 10111. There was no response.

Adam Armstrong

News | 28 January 2014

Harrowing testimony about vigilante killing

This morning the Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry heard disturbing accounts of vigilante justice.

Adam Armstrong

News | 24 January 2014

Taxi associations fight over routes

Two taxi drivers from the Delft Taxi Association were shot dead during the course of last week in a shooting spree between taxi drivers from Delft, Nyanga and Khayelitsha over ownership of certain routes.

Pharie Sefali

News | 11 September 2013

Unsolved deaths in police custody

In December 2011, residents of Nyanga were furious when they heard about the death of Kwezi Mbatsha in police custody.

Pharie Sefali

News | 28 August 2013

Family say police didn’t inform them of murder

Friends of Odwa Mafa, a 25-year-old CPUT student murdered on 2 August, are accusing the South African Police Service (SAPS) of insensitivity for failing to notify the student’s family of his death.

Nwabisa Pondoyi

News | 21 August 2013

Man implicated in death of Khayelitsha youth activist found dead

A man was found dead on Thursday last week at Lwazi Street in Khayelitsha site B. He was later identified by the police as 22-year-old Wonke “Oscar” Mchasa.

Nwabisa Pondoyi

Brief | 14 August 2013

Will there be justice for Athenkosi’s killers?

“I am scared. The criminal who murdered my brother is still roaming the streets,” Nonkosi Nteyi told GroundUp, obviously distressed. “Worse, he is asking people for descriptions of each of my family members. Does he want to kill us as well?”

Tariro Washinyira

News | 31 July 2013

Gang killers suspected of targeting another boy

Last week, 17-year old Glenrico Martin was shot dead at his high school in Athlone. Natheer Abrahams is 16-years old and is being bullied and threatened by gangsters. He suspects they are the same ones that killed Glenrico.

Margo Fortune

News | 22 May 2013

SANCO member gunned down in Khayelitsha

Elias Dyasi, former SANCO chairperson of the Mxolisi Petani branch and security officer at a surgeory in Site C, was gunned down last week Monday. According to the police report he was gunned down by two different kinds of guns and the perpetrators made away with his security gun only and left behind his cell phone and wallet that still had R70.

Mary-Jane Matsolo

News | 27 March 2013

Khayelitsha police hold event for rape survivors

The Khayelitsha police stations held an event on 13 December to give Christmas presents to Soyisiso Nofemele's rape victims. He is currently serving eleven life sentences for raping twelve children, murdering one of them and abducting another. The victims are between two and nine years of age.

Mihle Pike

Brief | 19 December 2012