Western Cape High Court Judge Robert Henney postponed three cases involving the murder of children on Friday to later dates this month. Stacha Arendse, an 11-year-old from Tafelsig, Mitchell’s Plain was raped and murdered, allegedly by Randy Tango; René Roman a 13-year-old was murdered by 50-year-old Andrew Plaatjies in Lavender Hill; and 6-months-old Zhania Woodword, shot dead in Ocean View, allegedly by six men.
The lack of effective street lighting has contributed immensely to the escalation of crime in the Greater Nyanga district and surrounding areas. Cape Town’s communities are urging the authorities to take responsibility for their security and do something about visible policing – and night visibility.
More than 50 immigrants on Wednesday protested outside Wynberg Police Station to handover a memorandum to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Home Affairs and Cape Town Refugee Centre demanding better services and accountability and transparency from the organisations pledged to help them.
The Cosatu in the Western Cape has condemned the protest march by farmers on Monday. The protest was organised by AgriSA, Freedom Front+ and Afri-Forum. According to the statement released by Cosatu WC on Tuesday, the protest was racist and to be protesting ‘farm attacks’ and not ‘attacks that take place on farms’ “is an attempt to politicise the violence and isolate it to one group”.