A group of concerned citizens, who call themselves the Kasi Brothers, have made a vow to protect their community against looters as they stand guard at malls in Atteridgeville, west of Pretoria.
The group of men takes shift at more than four shopping spots in their community – both during the day and at night.
“We will die for our kasi. “We are here to fix this looting issue, which we don’t understand. This is a crime. The situation of the country is already bad, we have viruses that need chemists but people are also breaking into chemists, causing trouble. We are trying to safeguard [shops] so we don’t run out of necessities. We can’t suffer because of foolishness,” said Peter Puzzle, a member of the Kasi Brothers.
He said that they started guarding on Tuesday after learning that some of the shops were looted on Monday.
Nkomo Village mall manager, Lebohang Mofokeng, said that the situation was calmer at the mall after three stores were looted on Monday. She added that the community was doing a good job of protecting the mall.
When police minister, Bheki Cele, visited the mall on Wednesday he commended the Kasi Brothers, the local police and community on the job they were doing. Adding that the situation in Tshwane was better than that in Johannesburg.
“We have grandmothers and fathers who are sick, babies who are at home. If our stores are looted we will suffer. Petrol will run out and people will suffer. As the Kasi Brothers we stand against looting, united as one,” said Puzzle.
Another member of the Kasi Brothers, Clifford Motileng, said that while they were being brave, they were also afraid.
“We are all scared but we are being brave at this time so that our children can be happy. If we sit back we will have nothing to live on tomorrow. Our sisters and brothers work at these malls. If we destroy these malls we will be left with nothing. If we destroy we are killing ourselves and fellow brothers and sisters who work here. There are also small businesspeople who benefit from this community mall. All we want is help from police and everyone to stand up in the township and say enough is enough, it’s time we take back our community,” he said.
Puzzle said that they are willing to protect their community without payment.
“It’s not about money, it’s about the safety of our country. We are willing to do anything possible as long as police intervene and deal with the group initiating the trouble.”
Sources: MSN, Talk of the town
Follow FiND iT on Facebook here.