Mfuleni police retrieve the body of an unknown man in a river stream. Photographer: Ayanda Ndamane / African News Agency (ANA)
Mfuleni police retrieve the body of an unknown man in a river stream. Photographer: Ayanda Ndamane / African News Agency (ANA)

Kuils River and Driftsands canals deliver more gruesome finds for police

By Sisonke Mlamla Time of article published Sep 17, 2021

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Cape Town - Cape Town’s horror week of floating bodies continued on Thursday as police had their hands full retrieving bodies in Kuils River and Driftsands canals.

Three bodies were found at a canal in Sarepta, Kuils River yesterday morning, and a few hours later, another was recovered in Driftsands, a canal that runs along the Covid-19 informal settlement.

Police spokesperson Novela Potelwa said police were called out to the Sarepta canal, at about 6am after passers-by spotted the bodies of two women and a man in the water.

Potelwa said there bodies had with gunshot wounds and several spent cartridges were discovered in the vicinity.

She said the police have instituted the 72 hour activation plan for the mobilisation of resources in search of the suspect/s and determining the motive for the murders.

“At this point of the investigation, the identities of the deceased persons remain unknown,” said Potelwa.

In a separate incident, in a Driftsands canal, another body was discovered by community members in the stream.

Potelwa said the police divers retrieved the body from the water and the deceased was yet to be identified on Thursday.

The discovery of the four bodies from different canals comes four days after a decomposed body was found floating in Driftsands.

That, too, came a day after the body of 15-year-old Asonele Wanga, one of the four victims of an alleged mob justice attack, was discovered in the same canal at the weekend.

Wanga’s body was discovered a few days after two other unidentified bodies were found floating in the same canal as the police divers were searching for the bodies of Wanga, Maphelo Mazamisa, 23, Sabelo Rasmeni, 21, and Yonela Mdladlama, 22. The bodies of the other three had not yet been found.

Community Safety MEC Albert Fritz said they have noted the discovery of a number of bodies disposed of in rivers and canals.

Fritz said this was a concern for them as in the case of Sarepta, community members found the bodies. That could so easily have been children playing nearby.

“It is not the kind of environment that we want to foster for our children to grow up in. But, equally concerning, is the number of people being killed,” said Fritz.

Provincial Community Policing Forum board chairperson Fransina Lukas said they needed drastic action to restore law and order in their communities.

“As communities we must be united in condemning these killings and work with police to restore peace and the rule of law,” said Lukas.

Anyone with information that could assist in the investigation is urged to contact the Crime Stop number 08600 10111 or via the MySAPSApp.

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