Vigilante justice: one dead, another injured

2009-11-09 00:00

ONE person was killed and another seriously injured in the Dambuza area in another act of vigilante justice on Saturday. The injured man was taken to Edendale Hospital where he is in a serious but stable condition.

This is a third act of vigilante justice in a week. Last week, two people were killed in another vigilante attack after they were accused of murder during a robbery in Dambuza, and on Monday, a man was killed in the Gomora area after he allegedly killed a mentally disturbed man during an argument.

Police Inspector Joey Jeevan said the community believed the two men were responsible for breaking in and stealing from a local tuckshop.

She said that when the police arrived at the scene, they found the body of Sanele Sokhela (30) lying on the ground in an open field. He had sustained multiple stab wounds and bruises. They also established that another 21-year-old male had been removed to the Edendale Hospital in a critical condition.

“Preliminary investigations at the scene have since established that a nearby tuckshop had been allegedly broken into during the course of the previous evening. Cellular phone airtime cards and cigarettes are believed to have been stolen,” said Jeevan.

“It is alleged that during the early hours of Saturday morning enraged community members tracked down the two alleged suspects and assaulted them. During the process [assault] they killed Sokhela and seriously wounded the other male. Police were also informed that the cellular phone air-time cards matching the description of the stolen ones were found on the suspects.”

Jeevan said cases of murder and attempted murder are being investigated.

In another incident, a man was found murdered in the Imbali J Unit. The man, who is unknown, was discovered with a stab wound in the chest and an open wound above his knee.

The police are appealing to anyone with information about the incident to contact them as soon as possible.

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