Residents in Khayelitsha are complaining about the rise of gangsterism in the area, and that the police are not doing enough to eliminate the problem. By Pharie Sefali for GROUNDUP.
Most of the offenders in Khayelitsha are high school learners from the age of 14 and up. Some of them dropped out of school because of their involvement in gangs and drugs. Some gang attacks happen right inside schools, causing chaos on the grounds.
A member of the Vura gang, known as Maizo, says that fights are becoming intense in Khayelitsha. In the past few weeks, members from both gangs, Vato and Vura, have killed each other.
Gang members are seeking revenge for the killings by starting fights with and robbing people that might be related to their enemies.
"We are not going to stop until we are satisfied with the number of deaths," said Maizo.
On Saturday 17 August, a GroundUp journalist witnessed a gang fight in Khayelitsha in the Site C area. Vato and Vura were attacking each other. They used stones, knives and sharp weapons.
The gangs were fighting during the day. Cars and pedestrians could not safely pass Lansdowne Road because stones were being thrown. An...