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One year ago, on a fateful Sunday, 2 loving couples went to church and then decided to visit Rhodes Park. They were enjoying a beautiful evening at this exact site, in the park when they were approached by a group of at least 8 individuals who robbed them of their belongings and then tied up Mr Zukisa Kela and Mr Sizwe Tyeke before forcing them into the dam. Two young lives with so many possibilities were subsequently lost to the world, on this day, a year ago…

One year ago, on a fateful Sunday, 2 loving couples went to church and then decided to visit Rhodes Park. They were enjoying a beautiful evening at this exact site, in the park when they were approached by a group of at least 8 individuals who robbed them of their belongings and then tied up Mr Zukisa Kela and Mr Sizwe Tyeke before forcing them into the dam. Two young lives with so many possibilities were subsequently lost to the world, on this day, a year ago…

This attack angered all of South Africa. We came in our small groups to walk in solidarity against the thugs that committed this senseless act. We voiced our concerns to authorities that we needed a greater security presence in our public spaces and we lobbied for support from business, to rally together to combat the criminal element that was creeping into some of the spaces that were put in place for us to relax in.

We knew at this stage that we had to work as a collective. This resulted in Stallion Security and the local Pick and Pay putting in place a dedicated 24-hour presence in the park. Today we can safely say that Rhodes Park has remained incident–free, thanks to this partnership and the support of SAPS, JMPD and the Rangers who have coordinated, random patrols in this park.

A further intervention championed by Ward Councillor Da Rocha is to bring more residents out of their homes to use the park. The more people in the park, the more eyes we have, and the less the likelihood, of any opportunistic crime.

Residents, this model serves as a blueprint of how we can reclaim our spaces, plagued by crime.

As much as this gathering is about paying tribute to two amazing individuals we must also salute the two women that have survived this horrible attack.

As a caring city and in the spirit of Ubuntu, we appeal to Corporate SA to assist where possible to make your loads lighter.

We ask that you always remain vigilant in any public space and that you exercise the necessary caution. Please always comply with the bylaws and report transgressions to your local police or JMPD on 011 375-5911.

One year later…lessons have been learnt. Let us never have a repeat of that dreadful day when we lost two beautiful souls.

Our sincere condolences to the family of Zukisa Kela and Sizwe Tyeke.#RhodesPark

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