Zelda gone but not forgotten

Zelda van Niekerk was robbed on the side of the N1 and shot in the stomach on Friday September 28 last year.

A memorial ride was held for slain biker Zelda van Niekerk on Sunday September 29.

Ms Van Niekerk was robbed on the side of the N1 and shot in the stomach on Friday September 28 last year.
Three Kensington men, Lucien Ackerman, 34, Elton Abrahams, 23, and Michael Petersen, 35, were arrested and charged for the murder and robbery of the Table View mother.
The case is still ongoing.
Bikers with a Cause held the memorial ride from Brackenfell to the Killarney International Raceway for Ms Van Niekerk. More than 100 bikers and cars were escorted by law enforcement.
A service at the Killarney clubhouse honoured Ms Van Niekerk and victims of gender-based violence. Bikers wore bandanas with Ms Van Niekerk’s name on them and blue ribbons were tied to bike handles in support of the memorial.
According to Ms Van Niekerk’s friend and fellow biker, Jaco Wessels more than 100 bikers took part in the ride. They had expected a lot more but a poor weather on Sunday had kept many at home, he said.
Bikers with a Cause spokesperson Linlee Solms welcomed Premier Alan Winde’s pledge made last month of R1 billion a year to fight crime in the Western Cape.
Guest speaker Avril Andrews, of Hanover Park, spoke of the hardship people live under on the Cape Flats. Her son, Alcardo Andrews, 27, was gunned down in Hanover Park four years ago.
Ms Andrews, the founding member of the Mom Moves for Justice, Peace and Reconciliation organisation, said it was important to understand why the crime rate was so high on the Cape Flats.
There were no social workers, religious leaders, or teachers to follow up when children dropped out of school, she said.
“That is the boy who becomes the murderer. Why are authorities not taking the community’s drop-outs seriously? Until we understand where it’s coming from, we won’t be able to stop the violence in South Africa,” said Ms Andrews.
Mr Wessels, another friend of Ms Van Niekerk said “effective policing” was needed.

The criminal justice system was supposed to be feared, he said, but instead there appeared to be very little consequence for committing crime.

Lieutenant General Sharon Japhta, who heads up the anti-gang unit, said “family values were no more” and “we live in a society without moral fibre.”

According to Lieutenant Japhta, more than 700 children were murder suspects and more than 2 000 children were arrested for rape in the past year, and most of those cases were in the Western Cape.

She admitted there were “rotten apples” in the police and encouraged the public to call the SAPS service complaints line at 0800 333 177 if the station commander wasn’t able to help.