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WC communities pay tribute to murdered teens

Shamonique Classen, Sinoxolo Mafevuka and Franziska Blöchliger were all laid to rest..

10-year-old Shamonique Claasen was laid to rest in Paarl on Saturday 12 March 2016. Picture: Monique Mortlock/EWN.
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CAPE TOWN – Some Cape Town communities have called for action at the funerals of three youths killed across the city in the space of just a few days.

On Saturday, 10-year old Shamonique Claasen was laid to rest.

She was killed in Paarl two weeks ago. 

At the funeral, some people, including her classmates wore t-shirts with her image and messages like “Justice for Shamonique” written on them.

Her principal Chris Bam said the community wants just before they can find peace.

“We’re also waiting on the court for the news and also for justice to take its course.”

The 10-year-old’s alleged killer is expected to appear in court this week.

KHAYELITSHA


A group of people came together in Khayelitsha to speak out against crime after 19-year-old Sinoxolo Mafevuka was found murdered more than a week ago.

A group of about 20 people from across Cape Town came together with residents in the area in solidarity with the teen’s family.

Residents expressed the need for better policing and better quality of water and sanitation services in the area.

Khayelitsha residents say gender-based violence has become the norm in the community.

Disgruntled Khayelitsha community members have blamed what happened to Mafevuka on poor policing and inadequate water and sanitation services in the area.

TOKAI

At the same time, 16-year-old Franziska Blöchliger was also laid to rest this weekend.

Her body was discovered in Tokai forest last week.

A Westlake community member told Eyewitness News how the arrests were made in connection with the murder.

Anthea Seabus said three men tried to sell a mobile phone to various community members.

Eventually the phone was sold to a foreigner.

As the mobile phone was switched on, police were able to trace its signal, which lead them to the buyer.

The buyer then pointed out the men who sold the phone to him.

Seabus said they’re a close community.

“If anything happens in the village, we all come together and everybody knows about it. If we decide we are going to do something with criminals in Westlake, if there is a break-in or something, if we have heard anything, then we come together and we address the problem.”

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)

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