9 May 2015
MEMBERS OF THE MEDIA ARE URGED TO HURRY IMMEDIATELY TO THE LATEST VIOLENT CRIME SCENE, BLOCK 42 GLEBELANDS HOSTEL
At around 23h00 last night, 8 May 2015, another attempt was made on the life of Thembelani Patrick Shozi, the traditional healer who has, over the past month, survived over five attempts on his life for refusing to pay protection money to the thugs who rule with impunity at Glebelands Hostel. These men from Block 52, well-known to residents, human rights defenders, the media and the police, and hold this community in a deadly grip of terror with their constant acts of violence and crimes in other areas.
Since 12 April they have been hunting Shozi, shooting at him inside his building, following him and firing at the public transport on which he has been travelling with no regard for the lives of innocent bystanders. Twice he has missed death at pointblank range when ambushed by the killers.
Last night, while Shozi was performing a traditional ceremony for a local family, he received a message that the gunmen from Block 52 had returned to his building. The thugs arrived, this time, during a power outage, and while firing blindly in the darkness inside the building, they reportedly mistook his room, and set alight the door of a neighbour’s home, terrifying the children who were sleeping inside at the time. They also vandalized the burglar guards of Shozi’s room.
The police were called, who in turn refused to enter the building without back up. Shozi had by then joined them. While standing outside Block 42, at least five more shots were heard inside the building. The police reportedly remained outside the building while the thugs petrol bombed his door to gain access to his room. His clothes were allegedly thrown from the window and together with his valuable medicines, desecrated and later burnt. Shozi could do nothing but watch as all his possessions were destroyed or carried away.
Since April 2014, well over a hundred people have been internally displaced like Shozi was last night. It seems the police cannot and will not act against these thugs who reputedly use official-issue firearms and ammunition with which to undertake their deadly operations.
We must therefore ask: who supplies these guns? Why have the police failed to arrest the ringleaders? What has become of the SAPS duty to serve and protect ALL citizens? What has happened to the rule of law?
Nobel Laureate, Wole Soyinka once stated: “The man dies in all those that keep silent in the face of tyranny.”
Members of the media are therefore urged to hurry to Block 42, speak to the community and witness for themselves the terrible aftermath of a further night of violence as yet another community leader is dispossessed during the utter break down of law and order at Glebelands Hostel.
In a state of anarchy, all that is left are the voices of the people.
PLEASE LET THESE VOICES BE HEARD!!
FOR IMMEDIATE INFO CONTACT:
Thembelani Patrick Shozi (Glebelands resident): 0726462062
Vanessa Burger (Human Rights / Social Justice Activist): 0828477766