The Uitsig community has called a mass meeting following the vicious hacking to death of a teenager in the area at the weekend. Community worker Denise Simpson told VOC’s Breakfast Beat that she along with colleagues in community police forum spent the evening with the distraught family of the grade 11 learner on Monday night.
Brigitte Langley was informed that her son 17 year old Justin Langley was having an argument with a guy just after 2am on Sunday morning. After going outside to see what was happening, Brigitte walked off. Soon after a group of 10 men wielded an axe and some other weapons and strarted attacking her son.
As she approached the scene the men continuing hacking the boy, until members of the community came out and told them to stop. Her brother, who came to assist, was stabbed several times by the same group.
According to Simpson, he was stabbed 19 times and is currently in Tygerberg’s ICU facility.
“These same guys then wanted to axe her partner as well,” Simpson related.
The men appeared in court on Tuesday morning. The community has now signed a petition so these men are denied bail.
She said that community was outraged by the slow response of the police who only arrived on the scene after the family took Justin and his uncle to the hospital. Simpson said that even after this gruesome murder, gangster’s still ran amok in the early hours of Monday morning with guns chasing each other.
“The colonel’s do not pick up their phones and police do not even patrol the area. We have extremely bad service from police if any service at all. Despite having a meeting with Colonel Gallant of the Ravensmead, Uitsig area, we have begged and plead with police but nothing gets done,” added Simpson.
Residents have called a public meeting at the Uitsig Civic Centre on Tuesday evening at 6pm to express their grievances at the death of young Justin Langley and other youth senselessly killed. VOC (Imogen Vollenhoven)