The Kensington Facreton Ratepayers Association (KFRA) has expressed concern over the discovery of multiple bodies near the areas, saying residents are living in constant fear. Media reports have speculated that a spate of body disposals between the Century City and Arcadia Park train stations may potentially be the work of a serial killer.
With the discovery of two new corpses on Friday and Saturday, the number of bodies uncovered at the site since February has reached a total of six. The bodies, all believed to belong to women between the ages of 20 and 32, were found with their hands bound behind their backs in bushes situated between the two stations.
Whilst the incidents are being investigated by the Kensington police, KFRA head, Dawood Essack, was critical of the inaction to prevent further disposals from occurring.
“We were in constant contact with SAPS, Transnet, as well as the City of Cape Town to clear that area and nothing was done. It was only in October sometime (that something was done),” he explained.
Having switched the narrative of the incidents from ‘crimes in Kensington’ to ‘crimes in Century City’, he said they had noted a huge change in attitude towards the cases. This had culminated in several front page headlines, as well as increased efforts on the part of the police to investigate the incidents.
“We are saying that if at the time, proper investigation was done and people were made aware of it, even the criminals who are dumping the bodies would have been aware that there’s some sort of alert going on,” he said.
Although the bodies were dumped near the Kensington-Facreton area, Essack said there was no information to suggest the victims were in fact from the area.
More concerning was the fact that the site in question had very limited vehicle access, raising doubts about how the bodies were being transported and dumped.
“It has been close up and it is a bushy area,” he noted.
Despite the commonality between all the incidents, Western Cape Police Commissioner Arno Lamoer, has been reluctant to state whether the incidents are the work of a serial killer, at least until an autopsy and DNA reports have been concluded.
“There must be something that should have alerted them already. We would like to know what did they’ve (SAPS) done since February? Why only now?” Esack questioned.
City of Cape Town mayor, Patricia de Lille, has announced a reward of R50 000 to anyone able to provide information that will lead to the arrest of killer/s.
Community members, particularly females, have been urged to be extra vigilant whilst walking in the vicinity. VOC (Mubeen Banderker)