Councillors call for urgent intervention following Kensington attack

Two men were drowned & one of their partners gang raped, reportedly by 12 men, this weekend.

Sibongile Kela, uncle of Zukisa Kela who was drowned in the Rhodes Park attack on Saturday, at the scene of the crime. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Local councillors in Kensington have called for urgent intervention following the deadly attack on two couples at Rhodes Park.

Two men were drowned and one of their partners was gang raped, reportedly by 12 men.

The couples were approached while walking through the park late on Saturday afternoon.

The men were tied up and thrown into the lake, where they later died.

One of the women managed to escape.

Kensington ward councilor Carlos Darocha says he started a petition for improved safety at Rhodes Park three weeks ago.

He says the authorities have now agreed to act.

"Security has to be enforced now. We've got commitments from the Johannesburg Metro Police Department and the South African Police Service, who are going to be patrolling the park. The gates are going to start closing at 6pm."

GOVERNMENT CALLS FOR CAUTION AT PUBLIC PARKS

Government has called on South Africans to be more cautious when visiting public parks following the deadly attack in Kensington.

Cabinet spokesperson Phumla Williams has condemned the attack on the two couples.

"Government has condemned the attack that happened over the weekend and we wish to call on South Africans to work with the police."

She says South Africans need to take greater care when visiting parks and recreation centres.

"I think we are forced to call on society to be much more careful in such isolated places, be more cautious and avoid secluded areas."

The police have not yet made any arrests linked to the attack.

RESIDENTS LIVING IN FEAR

Residents of Kensington near Rhodes Park say they've been left disgusted and terrified after the attack.

Residents say there's been a spike in violent crimes in the area and claim the park is being used as a haven by criminals.

Flowers have been laid at the section of the walkway where the two couples are believed to have been attacked.

A man, who lives in a building across the street, says muggings and robberies have become common in the area.

Another long-time Kensington resident says the area attracts dozens of people, but has not been maintained.

Today there are no security guards patrolling the area and a small group of children are playing nearby.

Some residents also say they plan on monitoring safety through community patrols.