A first-year student at the University of Cape Town lost his life on Saturday night, as violence broke out on Clifton Beach. Two couples were attacked by robbers and asked for their cellphones. After a struggle, two men were stabbed by the suspects, and Cebo Mbatha succumbed to his injuries.SAPS has been blamed for failing to mitigate such incidents.
It’s understood that celebrations were being held on Clifton Beach for matric farewell events. But the atmosphere soon turned sour in one of the car parks nearby.
The 19-year-old from KZN, who was studying Humanities, died from injuries to the chest. The group of friends who were with him over the weekend have been offered counselling and support from UCT.
South African Police Services are under fire after this incident as the blame is being shifted solely onto their laps.
Cape Town Mayco Member For Safety, JP Smith, was less than pleased with SAPS’ performance on this issue. He slammed the police force for “failing to do their jobs” on Clifton Beach, and lamented the lack of resources available for the city to fill in.
Most of the city’s resources were drawn away to the ongoing violence and chaos on the N7 and Dunoon. The elephant in the room here is the persistent absence of the South African Police Services that are simply not doing their job and increasingly causing the burden of response to be shifted to the City,JP Smith said.
Nicola Jowell the Ward 54 councillor expressed her sincere condolences for the victim, but also laid into SAPS for their alleged failure to respond. Jowell echoed JP’s sentiments saying that it is a tragic end and one that needs swift action by SAPS for arrests and also preventative measures to ensure that an incident like this never occurs again.
According to Jowell, SAPS remain the primary agency mandated to deal with safety and security issues, but increasingly, the city’s is trying to deploy resources to make up for the shortfalls.
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