Residents of Bonteheuwel township now live with fear, apprehension and anxiety after hoodlums carried out various degrees of crimes at the town’s local train station.
In fact, according to the Bonteheuwel Joint Peace Forum local, the train station has recently metamorphosed into a crime hotspot.
Last month, a 20-year-old man was shot dead in Netreg, near Bonteheuwel.
The shooting came almost exactly 24 hours after a train driver was shot dead at the Netreg train station on Monday July 11 during a suspected robbery.
According to the Western Cape’s Emergency Medical and Forensic Pathology Services, the 46-year-old train driver, Piet Botha, was shot twice –in the left leg and in the stomach while he was waiting for a train.
On Sunday night, a 40-year-old man, simply identified as a Webster was shot dead and was apparently robbed in broad daylight by unknown hoodlums.
A resident, Mayman said she prefers taking three taxis to get to work in Kuilsriver instead of patronizing the train station.
“I cannot, for the life of me, endeavour to take the train so early in the morning. They rob you at gunpoint, they have knives and approach in groups and wait on the railway line.”
Bonteheuwel township is a former coloured town in Cape Town in the Western Cape province of South Africa. As gathered, the upsurge in deadly shootings in the area is gang-related.
Recently, Passenger Rail Agency SA (Prasa) requested the help of the state’s law enforcement agencies in tackling violent cases in the organization.
Still on the need to step up a level of security measures across railway lines, United National Transport Union (Untu) council member, Brian Davids, suggested that if Prasa is unable to secure the central line between Cape Town and Khayelitsha on the Cape Flats, then it should be closed because of the line is getting increasingly dangerous.