A mentally disabled man has been stabbed to death for walking on a gang’s turf without seeking their permission.
Jerome Robinson’s death sparked a riot in Bishop Lavis on Saturday night, with residents, angered by the senseless killing, stoning the fortress-like house of his suspected killers.
The 28-year-old was killed on Saturday evening in Lark Road.
His grandmother, Michelle Scheepers, 70, says Jerome had been sent out to buy cigarettes.
“But the nearby shop was already closed so he walked to the one further up and passed Lark Road,” she explained.
“There is a drug den there that is a hangout place for gangsters, they call themselves the 12 Disciples and they are the ones who attacked him for walking in their road without asking for permission.
“From what we hear from witnesses, they kicked and hit him before they stabbed him in the heart.
“When we arrived, he was dead. A lady from that road saw him lying on the ground and thought he was sleeping or something and tried to wake him up to get him to come home.
“But she noticed the blood on his chest and immediately came to fetch us.”
The heartbroken ouma says Jerome was not a skollie and used to sweep people’s yards for money.
“He was not 100 percent in the head, his mind was like that of a child.”
She says angry residents started stoning the house of the “12 Disciples”, shouting at them to leave the area.
“People were angry that things continue to happen from that house and nothing ever gets done by it,” explains Michelle.
“So everyone just started throwing stones at the house until police arrived.”
The morgue van had to be escorted into the area by riot police to remove Jerome’s body during the uproar.
Police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Andrè Traut says the circumstances surrounding the murder are being investigated.
“At around 9.10pm, a 28-year-old man was stabbed to death in Lark Road, Bishop Lavis, by an unknown suspect who is yet to be arrested,” he says.