A dad is on a quest to put his child’s killer behind bars and has asked the public to help him.
Five-year-old Raphael Jacobs was killed in a hit and run last year, allegedly by a taxi driver who sped away from the scene.
Raphael was visiting his mother in Manenberg and was walking back home when he was hit by the taxi in Manenberg Avenue on June 26, 2015.
Witnesses say the male driver fled the scene.
Richard Dodson, 40, a well-known ice cream seller at Newlands stadium, says authorities have failed his son because the taxi driver has not been arrested yet.
“When I got to the accident scene the driver was gone already,” says the dad.
“I buried my son and we have a situation where this man is still allowed to drive taxi.
“This case hasn’t even been to court yet.”
Richard, who will be receiving counselling soon, says his son’s death has destroyed him.
“My heart is ripped into a million pieces,” he says.
“He’s never going to come home to me again.”
The family was told a new detective was assigned to the case but Richard says they are yet to be interviewed.
Raphael’s grandmother, Lorna Sample, 66, has appealed for witnesses to come forward.
“I know people say we must go on with our lives and make peace with what happened but it’s easier said than done,” she says.
“If anyone saw anything we are making an appeal now for them to speak up.”
Police spokesperson, Constable Noloyiso Rwexana says: “The case is still under investigation, no one has been arrested as yet.”
* If you know anything about the accident, please contact the family on 082 503 2382.