Cops ‘neglect’ victim
A peace ambassador was allegedly stabbed by a neighbour but police have yet to make an arrest
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.”