The villagers say that since 2016, 9 individuals have been murdered of their village; most victims have been aged individuals or younger ladies. Ward councillor Tozma Mrweni confirmed this.
In the course of the lockdown interval, three individuals have been murdered. Police have made no arrests.
Mrweni stated, “Earlier than the demise of the previous lady, a younger lady was raped and killed. No arrest was made.”
Ward committee member Bukiwe Mgwebi stated the one police stations are at Queenstown (55km away) and Cofimvaba (40km away), and the village, along with six different villages in ward 1, fall beneath the Bolotho police station, which is simply exterior Cofimvaba.
“Once we name the police they don’t come and for years we now have been asking for a cellular police station with no luck. Even this January, we despatched a letter asking for a cellular police station,” stated Mgwebi.
Earlier than the killings on Wednesday, residents met with police to complain concerning the lack of policing.
“In that assembly younger individuals advised the police that they know the perpetrators and if police can promise to arrest them the identical day they may title them. And we imagine there have been sufficient police to make the arrests that day,” stated Mgwebi. She stated there had been 9 officers on the assembly.
She stated the officer, who addressed them on behalf of the Bolotho police, insulted the villagers and stated they have been speaking nonsense (“intswaqane”).
The assembly then turned bitter.
“The younger individuals demanded an apology however the officer refused to apologise they usually [police] marched out of our assembly. The younger individuals advised them they may search for the criminals, however police ignored them,” she stated.
On Thursday morning, villagers went trying to find a fourth suspect.
Police confirmed that three instances of homicide have been opened. GroundUp’s different questions went unanswered.
This text was initially printed by GroundUp