Residents left 'disgusted' & terrified' following Kensington attack

Residents say there’s been a spike in violent crime & claim Rhodes Park is used as a haven by criminals.

Flowers laid at the scene where two couples were brutally attacked by a gang of 12 men on Saturday at Rhodes Park in Kensington. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Residents of Kensington near Rhodes Park say they've been left disgusted and terrified after an attack on two couples by a gang of 12 men, which led to two people being killed and a woman gang raped.

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.

The two couples were walking through the park late on Saturday afternoon when they were attacked.

The men were reportedly tied up and thrown into the lake to drown while one of the women was gang raped.

The other woman managed to escape unharmed.

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.