Community-justice cases on the rise

2016-05-05 06:00

THERE has been a increase in reported cases where communities take the law into their own hands and beat suspected criminals.

Recently, a man suspected of stealing in Gamalakhe, was assaulted to death by community members who said the police do nothing when a crime is reported.

Police spokesperson Captain Gerald Mfeka confirmed the Gamalakhe incident and said two men were arrested for his death.

Mfeka condemned mob justice saying the community should always report to the nearest police station if they have a problem with a criminal in their community.

“It is against the law for the community to beat a person up if he or she does wrong. Those people can also be arrested for taking the law into their own hands. Mob justice is never a solution,” said Mfeka.

He said similar cases were reported elsewhere.

“Recently in Gcilima, a similar incident took place where a rape suspect that was being sought by police was killed,” said Mfeka.

He said the body of the suspect was found in the woods not far from his home. Before being killed the suspect had allegedly raped a seven-year-old boy and was on the run.

“Five men were arrested in this case - four of them were later released, one of the suspects is still in police custody,” said Mfeka.

He said police are doing their best to pass the message across to communities - “they must stop taking the law into their own hands”.

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