People should aid police - Mthethwa
Cape Town - Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa said communities should work with police in fighting crime, instead of taking the law into their own hands.
According to the Cape Times on Friday, the minister addressed Khayelitsha residents on Thursday following a spate of vigilante attacks in the last month.
"People have to work with law enforcement. People must come forward with information no matter what and expose criminals. All these senseless killings must come to an end," he said.
"[Vigilantism] is against the law. When the people take the law into their own hands, they too become criminals and they will be arrested."
Nine suspected criminals were killed in the last three weeks, eight of them in Khayelitsha.
The latest suspected mob justice attack was in Nyanga on Wednesday. The body of an unidentified man was found near low-cost housing. He had been beaten, his throat cut and his trousers removed.
According to the report residents had complained about poor police visibility and response times, as well as criminals being let off lightly.