Cops ‘ne­glect’ vic­tim

A peace am­bas­sador was al­legedly stabbed by a neigh­bour but po­lice have yet to make an ar­rest

Cape Argus - - METRO - SISONKE MLAMLA sisonke.mlamla@inl.co.za

BLOOD stains are still clearly vis­i­ble in the home where Gaile Reid, 26, a peace am­bas­sador, was al­legedly stabbed by a neigh­bour.

Reid from Hanover Park was stabbed as she was try­ing to re­solve a fight be­tween her neigh­bour and a friend out­side her gate.

Reid said she heard a noise and an ar­gu­ment be­tween her neigh­bour and a friend.

“I went out try­ing to stop the dis­pute, but one of them grabbed a knife and stabbed me mul­ti­ple times.”

She said she con­tacted the po­lice and waited un­til she went to the Philippi po­lice sta­tion her­self.

“I felt ne­glected and made my way to Philippi po­lice sta­tion to re­port the case.

“As much as I re­ported the in­ci­dent to the po­lice and pro­vided them with the name and ad­dress of the sus­pect, noth­ing has been done to help me.

“I had to be the one run­ning up and down with pain go­ing to and fro from the sta­tion.”

The sus­pect, whose name is known to te Cape Ar­gus, is still walk­ing around the area of Hanover Park.

Reid’s stab­bing happened a month af­ter Ried­waan Sa­muels, also a peace am­bas­sador, sur­vived four bul­lets and Kea­gan de Sil­ver, 17, was gunned down close to his Hanover Park home.

Po­lice spokesper­son An­drè Traut said: “A case of com­mon as­sault has been re­ported at Philippi po­lice sta­tion and the cir­cum­stances are be­ing in­ves­ti­gated.”

Pro­fes­sor Brian Wil­liams, who is train­ing the young peace am­bas­sadors, said he started this ini­tia­tive be­cause of blood­shed in the com­mu­nity.

Wil­liams said peace is everyone’s re­spon­si­bil­ity.

“In­di­vid­u­als, com­mu­nity mem­bers and com­mu­nity lead­ers must be ac­tively in­volved in peace­mak­ing.

“Let us be com­mit­ted in build­ing the jour­ney to cre­ate a new Hanover Park.

“We have em­braced the spir­i­tual call for peace to op­pose the scourge of vi­o­lence that has caused suf­fo­cat­ing clouds of war to stran­gle the life out of the com­mu­nity.”

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from South Africa

© PressReader. All rights reserved.