Lauren Braiden, a mother of two, was robbed and murdered while leaving her place of work in Epping on Friday, November 20. The 31-year-old had just finished her night shift duties at RCL in Epping when the incident transpired. She was waiting for her taxi cab home at the time.
“My deepest sympathy is extended to her fiance Ashley, her children and family. I have spoken to Ashley this morning and will be supporting the family through this difficult time,” said Cape Town ward councillor Angus McKenzie.
“One of the saddest things about Lauren Braiden’s murder in Epping this morning outside her work is that yesterday I met her. She came and registered for the City of Cape Town and German Funding Corporation Covid Relief fund for her two little children. This morning that funding was approved.”
“It’s evident to me that criminals roam our streets with impunity, with little or no regard for life or others. This is indicative of where we find ourselves as a country where rampant corruption and disregard for people, specifically poor people thrives. Our criminal justice system is broken and that is why criminals act freely! When lives are lost with such impunity we must accept that our country has become a failed state,” McKenzie added.
“How much more must go uncaught? How many more can just walk freely murdering people as they wish? We sadly have no South African Police Services, we have been reduced to a state of lawlessness, thievery and corruption and maladministration!”