News agency, Cape Town, South Africa
Thursday June 20th 2019

Mysterious marchers threaten Monwabisi residents

Monwabisi informal settlement residents' committee chairperson Moses Mbuwako stands in front of the Sihle spaza shop which was vandalized by about 100 men who mysteriously marched through the area. Photo: Nombulelo Damba/WCN

Monwabisi informal settlement residents' committee chairperson Moses Mbuwako stands in front of the Sihle spaza shop which was vandalized by about 100 men who mysteriously marched through the area. Photo: Nombulelo Damba/WCN

Mysterious acts of violence and intimidation took place in Khayelitsha’s Monwabisi Park on Thursday afternoon. About 100 people, mostly young men armed with sticks and knives, marched to Sihle’s Spaza shop in Monwabisi Road at about 2pm and broke empty cooldrink bottles that were packed in crates outside the shop and overturned the rubbish bins.They went into the shop and demanded to see the owner.

However, the owner is away in the Eastern Cape and 25-year-old Sandiso Qasene, who works there, had to deal with them.

“Three men came inside the shop and demanded to see the owner. I told them the owner is not home , but I’m the employee. They said I must close the shop and follow them, but when I asked where to, they just left,” said Qasene, who was shaken by the encounter.

He said he didn’t know where they came from or what they wanted.

After they left the shop they terrorized the residents, throwing rocks at cars and shaking their sticks and knives at people.

Residents in the area also said they had never seen the men before, but suspected they may have come from TR Section.

Residents Sanele Zondo said: “Those people were carrying sticks and knives. They kept on throwing stones into people’s cars.

“I know for a fact that they not from this area maybe they have their own agenda because they kept on saying ‘we will be back’.”

Residents’ Committee Chairperson Moses Mbuwako said he got a call from residents saying that people were at Sihle’s shop breaking cooldrink bottles.

“I rushed to the place. I asked them why? But they told me it’s none of my business.”

He said he then went to the Harare police station.

When the police arrived on the scene they escorted the trouble makers towards TR Section while some of the group forced their way into two taxis and demanded the drivers take them to another area. But nobody knew where they were going.

“They said they will be back, but we will be waiting for them,” said Mbuwako.

When Mbuwako made further enquiries with the police he said he was told that the group had headed off toward TR Section in Site C and that area fell under the Lingelethu police station and they had to deal with it.

Lingelethu Police spokesperson Siphokazi Mawisa said the matter was reported at the station, “but when we went to Monwabisi Park road we couldn’t find those people and no case has been opened”. – Nombulelo Damba, West Cape News

Tags: Khayelitsha, Monwabisi, tr section

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