A decapitated body with its head placed in a gift bag was discovered this week in a Cape Town suburb known for gang activity. The gruesome scene has prompted criticism and raised concerns about the level of violence in the area.
Members of the police were on the scene when the unidentified man was found in Beacon Valley on Monday evening. Police spokesperson Sgt Wesley Twigg confirmed that the victim had been decapitated.
Chairperson of the Mitchell’s Plain community policing forum, Norman Jantjes, expressed his shock and concern over the incident. He stated that the crime scene suggested that the perpetrator wanted to make a statement. Jantjes also revealed that the murder did not occur on the same night the body was discovered, as witnesses reported a foul smell and dried wounds.
These brutal murders are unfortunately not uncommon in the area, and the community has called for action to address the escalating violence. Community stakeholders have urged the City of Cape Town to install CCTV cameras in known hotspot areas to assist in crime prevention and investigation.
Norman Jantjes emphasized the importance of community unity in tackling crime. He called on residents to remain vigilant and aware of their children’s whereabouts and activities. By working together and highlighting the issue of crime, Jantjes believes that progress can be made in creating a safer environment for all.
Headless body found in Beacon Valley, Cape Town. Head was placed on top of the victim in a gift bag. pic.twitter.com/PeAXFbx4a2
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