Teenager badly beaten by fel­low gang mates in Khayelit­sha

Res­i­dents fear vi­o­lence in no­to­ri­ous Q sec­tion

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - NEWS - VUYO MABANDA

KHAYELIT­SHA gangs have struck again, this time turn­ing on one of their own.

Fright­ened res­i­dents of the town­ship have de­scribed a vi­cious as­sault on an AmaHootan Clan gang mem­ber by his own crew on Mon­day.

The lat­est in­ci­dent this week took place at Site B’s R sec­tion, next to the “gang­ster’s par­adise” Q sec­tion, where a Week­end Ar­gus team saw mem­bers of the AmaHootans kill 18-year-old Lin­dani Non­z­aba two months ago.

Po­lice spokesman Mthokozi Gama said he was aware of Mon­day’s in­ci­dent but could not con­firm that it took place.

“Nei­ther the youth nor his fam­ily have come for­ward to lay a charge against the al­leged at­tack­ers. There­fore we can­not con­firm the in­ci­dent,” he said.

This week wit­nesses were treated to a grisly spec­ta­cle when 16-year-old Siphelele – whose sur­name is not known – was beaten up by mem­bers of his own gang, be­fore they were chased away by res­i­dents.

His gang mates had chased him through the nar­row streets, he said, be­fore they caught up with him and be­gan beat­ing him.

While wait­ing for the po­lice and paramedics to ar­rive, the teenager lay shiver­ing and bleed­ing on the floor of his res­cuer’s home.

He said the mob had ac­cused him of telling the po­lice about the killing of Non­z­aba in Septem­ber.

He said: “They hit me with bricks and golf sticks and some of them tried to stab me.

“They said I’m a traitor and that I sold them out to the po­lice about the killing (of Non­z­aba). But I didn’t.”

His res­cuer, who iden­ti­fied her­self only as Mrs Pato, said when she heard Siphelele’s screams she called her hus­band who chased the at­tack­ers away while the teen ran into the house.

Po­lice con­firmed Siphelele was a mem­ber of the gang and had been one of the 17 AmaHootans ar­rested on the night of Non­z­aba’s killing.

Eleven youths, in­clud­ing Siphelele, were later re­leased with the re­main­ing six be­ing sub­se­quently charged.

Lo­cals said the in­ci­dents were fright­en­ing the com­mu­nity, es­pe­cially in Q sec­tion which they la­belled a “gang­ster’s par­adise”.

At the time of Non­z­aba’s mur­der, po­lice de­nied there was a resur­fac­ing of gang­ster­ism in Khayelit­sha, al­though ar­rests in­volv­ing groups of young mul­ti­ple of­fend­ers occurred.

The lo­cals said this week’s at­tack re­sem­bled that on Non­z­aba, al­though in the lat­est at­tack pan­gas were re­placed by stones and bricks.

Siphelele’s mother, who did not want to be named, said she was aware of her son’s danger­ous life but did not wish to dwell on the mat­ter.

“I don’t feel like talk­ing much about the is­sue. I know he has been in trou­ble for a num­ber of things once, but I don’t want to talk about it.”

She said she had not seen her son since shortly be­fore the at­tack on him, nor did she know where he was.

But one of his sib­lings said Siphelele was ar­rested on the night of his at­tack for a crime he had com­mit­ted days ear­lier.

Gama could not con­firm this.


BRO­KEN CODE: A gang mem­ber was beaten up for al­legedly co-op­er­at­ing with the po­lice.

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