Kensington attack highlights crime spike around Rhodes Park

Residents say there's been a spike in armed robberies in the neighbourhood surrounding the Rhodes Park.

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 - While Joburg City Parks tightens security at the Rhodes Park in Kensington following a fatal attack on two couples, residents in the area say they're concerned about what seems to be inaction by the authorities when crime is reported.

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

Both men were tied up and thrown into the lake while one of the women was gang raped.

Police have since launched a manhunt for a group of 12 suspects but no arrests have been made.

Some Kensington residents say there's been a spike in armed robberies in the neighbourhood surrounding the Rhodes Park.

They claim this is because the park has become a hideout for criminals.

"They're even attacking people in wheelchairs and stealing their cellphones and money."

Another resident said, "There are even people who come and smoke drugs here."

But Kensington ward councillor Carlos Da Rocha says residents should not unnecessarily blame homeless people living in the park.

Yesterday, committee members from the office of the Joburg mayor visited the scene of the attack as well as relatives of the victims and pledged to improve public safety at the city's parks.