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‘Stop killing our youth’

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Residents in greater Muizenberg area are said to be outraged at the escalating crime in the Vrygrond area after a 14 year old boy was stabbed to death. The Steenberg Community Policing Forum has now vowed to work more closely with the community to form street committees to clamp down on crime.

“We are mobilising people to join street committees to stop theft, gangsterism and drug peddling,” says community leader Isaac Goliat.

Each community cluster in every street in Muizenberg will be gathered and urged to join a street committee to target any suspicious activity in their area.

“We want to make sure that people address the crime so that there are no gangs in our area or stolen goods,” says Goliat.

Last week, a 14 year old Zimbabwean boy named Blessed was stabbed to death after assisting in a robbery. The incident occurred outside the teen’s home after he fled when hearing a women screaming.

“I heard someone screaming and I just ran outside to go and help her,” says Goliat.

Blessed witnessed her being beaten and stripped of her possessions by a gang of men then decided rescue her from the pilfering. The victim managed to break away from the gang but Blessed failed to escape. The 14 year old was stabbed in his home.

“He tried running back to his house but they continued beating him after he got away from the door… they stabbed him right on his door step,” says Goliat.

Muizenberg police confirmed that a murder case was opened on Friday.

“We can confirm that this murder incident happened on Friday 25 December at about 22:26 in Harmony Road, Muizenberg. According to reports a 14 year old boy was fatally stabbed by an unknown suspect. A case of murder is under investigation. No one has been arrested at this stage,” said a police spokesperson..

The CPF and community leaders liaised in a meeting to discuss the murder and ways to address escalating crime in the Vrygrond area. The Steenberg CPF said it was outraged at the silence of the Muizenberg community surrounding his death. Residents are frustrated as it was the second murder that week. They appeal to the community to break the silence and speak out against crime.

“The Capricorn community had a double child stabbing tragedy, two days from each other. We were told a 14 year old Zimbabwean boy child was stabbed to death. Why has nobody spoken about this tragedy? The community is silent,” said an upset CPF spokesperson Lucinda Evans.

The cluster is to meet again on Monday, 4 January 2015. VOC (Nailah Cornelissen)

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