Murder by any name remains a crime, Plato warns vigilantes

2015-09-22 18:32


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Cape Town - Community Safety MEC Dan Plato will visit the tense community of Masiphumelele following the death of a man and the serious assault of another in an apparent mob justice incident on Sunday.

Extra police resources have been deployed to the area near Ocean View and Plato has called for residents to “remain calm and cooperate with the police”.

“Murder by any name remains a crime and murderers will have to face the full might of the law,” Plato said in a statement.

Chaos erupted in the township when about 100 residents attacked two men they suspected of committing crime.

A 34-year-old man died at the scene while a 25-year-old was taken to hospital with serious injuries.

Seven people have since been arrested for public violence, said provincial police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Andre Traut.

Police vehicle set alight

“Detectives from Ocean View are currently questioning the arrested suspects in order to establish their involvement in [Sunday’s] murder and attempted murder cases,” he said.

The incident was less than a week after residents protested and set a police vehicle alight after news of a 14-year-old boy's rape and murder spread through the community.

Police discovered the body of a 27-year-old man not far from the burnt vehicle. Police said last week they were investigating three cases of murder after a man who had been injured during the unrest died in hospital last Wednesday.

Plato, who will be visiting the area on Monday, said the department of community safety last week deployed a team of officials to Masiphumelele for further information on their grievances.

“Initial feedback from residents includes frustration with poor visible policing and I will take this issue up with the provincial commissioner,” he said.

Plato urged the community not to resort to taking the law into their own hands as “safety cannot be created where people are responding to crime or alleged criminals by becoming criminals themselves”.

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