Looking for witnesses

Police are looking for anyone who may have witnessed an incident in which a young man was beaten and buried in a shallow grave in Sicukujeke Street, Phakamisa, at the weekend.

Lingelethu West SAPS spokesperson Captain Xoliswa Nyalambisa said police had found the body on Saturday morning after a tip-off.

“The body has been placed in a state mortuary for a post mortem and the family has identified the deceased. We are investigating the motive and we have no suspects yet.”

Over the past few months, several bodies were discovered among bushes along the seaside road between Khayelitsha, Mitchell’s Plain and Strandfontein.

Community Safety MEC Albert Fritz last week said that he planned to request a report from the provincial police commissioner to find out what the police’s plan was to address this pattern.

Mayor Dan Plato added that he had asked City officials to put together a proposal to improve lighting along the 25km stretch of Baden Powell Drive.

“We make regular efforts to replace and increase the number of street lights, particularly in hot spots, but we’ve had to deal with recurring cable theft,” he said.

They’re also looking at the possibility of installing CCTV cameras along the most problematic stretches.

“We hope to put in high-mast lighting as a lasting deterrent and are assessing the feasibility of this.”

Since March, the bodies of at least seven murder victims were found dumped in bushes along Baden Powell Drive.