Residents of Langa were left devastated after the bodies of two men were found on Monday, July 26 and Tuesday, July 27.
According to Eminetra, the body of a man that had been burnt beyond recognition was discovered in an open field at a former Transnet men’s hostel. The other body was riddled with stab wounds and found in the Joe Slovo informal camp.
Police spokesperson, Joseph Swartbooi said that officers responded to a distress call and proceeded to the squatter camp in Joe Slovo. They discovered the body of an unknown male upon arrival, and he was declared dead on the scene by medical staff, reports IOL.
The motive for these brutal murders remains unknown.
Meanwhile, police spokesperson, FC van Wyk confirmed that Langa police are investigating a murder case.
“At this point, no information is available on the reason for this incident or on the suspects involved,” Van Wyk said.
Langa Community Policing Forum Chair, Sindile Moya says the discovery of two bodies over a period of two days was concerning. Residents in these areas are living in fear and crime-fighting agencies are working on ways forward for residents to report an incident without putting their lives at risk.
As cited by IOL, Moya said that, “This is a subject on which the CPF has engaged the police, because it is not only happening in Siyahlala, we have other areas in which, according to statistics, a lot of criminal activity is taking place and the police and surveillance neighbourhood watchers are now keeping an eye on.
“However, it is impossible to be vigilant all night long. At one point the station commander asked for more visibility and more police were deployed in these areas, but when they leave these incidents continue.”