Mob beats ‘murderer’ to death

2009-11-04 00:00

A MAN was beaten to death in the se­cond incident of vigilante justice in a citiy township within a few days.

On Monday evening, residents of Gomora township beat a man to death after he allegedly stabbed and killed a mentally disturbed man.

Inspector Joey Jeevan, who confirmed the incident, urged the community not to take the law into its own hands.

“Police again appeal to the public to report crime and not to resort to taking the law into their own hands. Incidents must be reported to the police so that the matter can be investigated and the law can take its course.”

The latest mob attack comes only three days after two men in the kwa-Dambuza area were severely beaten by community members after they allegedly stabbed and killed another man during a robbery attempt.

Dumisani Phungula, a community leader in the Gomora area, said Monday’s attack was a sign that crime in the area has reached intolerable levels.

He said that on Monday night, Mondli Shezi (30) allegedly stabbed and killed Senzo Nzimande (30), who was mentally challenged. It is alleged that Shezi made derogatory remarks about Nzimande’s mental condition and an argument broke out. Shezi pulled a knife and stabbed Nzimande in the neck.

Upon witnessing the incident, angry residents bayed for Shezi’s blood. They pursued and caught him in the immediate vicinity and attemp­ted to bring him back to the scene. In the process, they began assaulting him with sticks and stones, and he died.

Phungula said the Gomora community is tired of crime. “Two weeks ago, we had a community meeting to discuss the violence, especially stabbing, that has spiralled out of control in the area.”

He said in the 20 years he has lived in the area, crime levels have been growing dramatically and the community is “fed up”.

“The community is now taking the law into their own hands. We discourage it, but we cannot stop them.”

Local councillor Sipho Sibisi said he is not aware of the murder, but said crime is a problem for most communities and not limited to Gomora.

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