Helpless witness haunted by mob killing

A Gugulethu resident tells EWN how she witnessed the brutal attack on teenager Aphiwe Mgoqi.

17-year-old Aphiwe Mgoqi was killed by a group of men in Gugulethu on 18 February 2014. Picture: Supplied.

CAPE TOWN - A woman who witnessed the death of a 17-year-old boy in New Crossroads says the mob killing may be gang-related.

The Gugulethu resident does not want to be named for fear of being attacked.

She teared up while speaking to Eyewitness News , explaining she is both terrified of being targeted and haunted by the murder.

She says she was busy cooking when she heard a commotion.

When she walked outside, she saw a group of young men armed with planks, knives and machetes gathering at a nearby property.

They then turned on Aphiwe Mgoqi, who was trying to scale a wall, stabbing him more than a dozen times.

A younger Aphiwe Mgoqi, the teenager hacked to death by a group of men in New Crossroads, Gugulethu, on 18 February 2014. Picture: Supplied.

"I screamed, saying a child is dying, people must come. But no one stopped those boys from killing him. And that was the end. That really affected me".

She says residents watched helplessly, scared the mob would turn on them.

"I couldn't count them, they were so many and I was already out of my mind because of what I'd seen."

The witness told Eyewitness News she hasn't slept since Tuesday, as she is haunted by flashbacks of the attack.