The relatives of 16-year-old Diepsloot resident, Katlego Makgatho, who was shot in the stomach by criminals who broke into his home recently, say they no longer feel safe in their community.
YNews has been reliably told that the teenager is fighting for his life at a Pretoria hospital after suffering severe gunshot wounds to the stomach during the armed robbery.
His mother, Patricia Makgatho who was also in the home at the time of the ambush, is recovering from severe head injuries.
At least two intruders reportedly entered the family’s home in Diepsloot on Youth Day, June 16, at around 11pm, with one of them yielding a gun.
They demanded clothes and other valuables after which several gunshots rang out.
Katlego’s aunt, Gladys, says her sister has not been the same since the day of the robbery.
She says the lack of medical attention may be contributing to her sister’s dwindling mental state.
She’s been treating Patricia’s wounds with over the counter medication and home remedies after struggling to get help at a local clinic for at least 24 hours after the violent home invasion.
Gladys says her younger sister drifts in and out of the state of consciousness. She suspects it may be due to the trauma from the incident.
The Diepsloot resident has lamented a failing police department and a weak healthcare system for the troubles facing her family.
Katlego’s father, Daniel Makgatho, says despite his greatest efforts – it hurts most to know he’s not been able to keep his family safe.
The heartbroken dad works as a security guard. He says he was working night shift when he got a call from his manager that his wife and son had been shot.
The Diepsloot family says only God can save their crime-riddled community.
The shocking burglary came amid turbulent protests across Diepsloot, which saw the burning of shacks as residents called for an end to the brazen criminality in the area.
Residents are blaming illegal foreign nationals and poor police visibility – for the scourge in the community.
Last week, community leaders took to the Union Buildings in Pretoria demanding the President’s intervention to their plight.
The Presidency is expected to give the leaders feedback today on its plan to clamp down on crime in the area. Article by Naomi Kobbie
Written by: Lindiwe Mabena