Residents of Blikkiesdorp claim gang violence has killed 62 people since the beginning of the year. And on Monday morning, this family nearly died after a driver careened into their home, leaving them exposed to criminals.
Two of the children, aged five and 10, were caught under the car but their mom managed to get them out, leaving them with bruises on their bodies.
Wendy Petersen, 41, says a drunk driver in a Toyota Avanza crashed into her home just after 3am. The mother was lying on a single bed in her home, which has been ripped open like a tin can.
Her children, aged five, seven, nine, 11 and 13, have been left to wander around without food or warm clothes after thieves ransacked the house after the incident.
Wendy says she was only given a few metal sheets and beams of wood to rebuild her home by disaster management officials.
“I filled in my housing subsidy forms in 2014. I was approved, but when am I moving?” she asks.