Philippi residents live in fear after 11 people killed

The number of people killed in the Philippi informal settlement - known as Marikana - has been growing in the past few weeks.

Over the weekend, it is reported that about eleven people were found dead in the Philippi East settlement in what is suspected to be vigilante killings.

EWN Reporter, Kevin Brandt says residents of Marikana says that these killings have highlighted police inefficiency in the area.

Police Minister Fikile Mbalula has responded by saying that the Police Task Force has been sent to the area to deal with the situation.

The residents are saying they had to move out of their houses closer to where these killings took place to stay with family and friends but now they have moved back into the community... basically they are living in fear, desperate and frustrated with the situation.

Kevin Brandt, EWN reporter

Brandt says the death toll in the area has risen to an estimated 25 - 30 people in the past month alone.

The residents are complaining about not having enough programmes to keep the youth occupied. They say youth become involved in gang and drug-related activities.

According to Brandt, Western Cape Community Safety MEC Dan Plato went to Marikana with the intention to visit the families that have lost loved ones. His trip to the area was cut short as some of the family members had not been notified and had not yet identified the bodies, adds Brandt.

Plato indicated that he will return to visit the family members and offer support with the burials. Some families cannot afford the cost of the burials he says.

To hear more of this interview, listen below:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Philippi residents live in fear after 11 people killed


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