A 16 year old was stabbed to death near Clifton Beach on Saturday evening, as teenagers were celebrating the end of their matric exams. The details leading to the stabbing of the victim from Langa are still unclear, but local politicians have already placed the blame with police inefficiency.
Nicola Jowell is the current Ward 54 councillor and she confirmed that the victim was stabbed in the chest as he made his way up to the main road. Despite a small police presence operating in the area due to a nearby film event, the community leader was left outraged by a ‘lack of organisation’ from SAPS.
The councillor said there needs to be better early warning systems and proper seasonal deployment to SAPS Camps Bay Station.
Jowell added that a SAPS Imbizo was called for seven weeks ago, and for the Provincial Commissioner to be present but that has not been done. She reiterated that SAPS have to form part of the safety plan for the area.
This is the second time in two months that a teenager has been stabbed to death on this beach.
This is the same vicinity where first year UCT law student Mhleli Cebo Mbatha aged 19 was stabbed in the chest and killed by two robbers in September.
Mbatha’s friend escaped with a stab wound in the leg, while two others had managed to escape unharmed during the attack.
One time city councillor Jacques Weber says that this latest tragic incident should force the authorities in Cape Town to put more money towards extra staff and properly-paid overtime hours. He blamed cutbacks on last night’s stabbing, branding the death as “unacceptable”.
CLIFTON: Last night’s events in Clifton are simply unacceptable and highlights the need for urgent intervention in terms of Policing.
I can confirm that there was sadly a fatal stabbing in the Clifton Parking area… https://t.co/OPWyWhC7wz
— Jacques Weber (@jacquesweber) 1 December 2019
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