Teenager badly beaten by fellow gang mates in Khayelitsha
Residents fear violence in notorious Q section
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.