This crescent has been in total darkness for eight days and a 14-year-old pupil, Edwill Keith from Excelsior High School, was killed by a stray bullet. Local ANC ward councillor Delmaine Cottee said: “Yes, the death of the learner can be attributed to lights being out in Da Gama Crescent. Three gangs operate in this crescent and they use the darkness to either rob people or shoot at each other.
“This problem is not just confined to Da Gama Crescent. I’ve received complaints from people who are robbed in the early hours at the clinic because the street lights are not working. Lights are allegedly deliberately broken or even switched off for certain periods, and switched on again during the day by gangsters, so that they can do their business.”
Community activist Colin Arendse has also taken up the matter with the mayor, Dan Plato, and according to him, the lights in Da Gama Crescent has been out since August 2.
Arendse said a resident reported the matter to councillor Willie Jaftha who allegedly failed to act.