Some criminals 'deserve to die' - Mfuleni residents

2015-09-10 18:58
Mfuleni, Cape Town (Tammy Petersen, News24)

Mfuleni, Cape Town (Tammy Petersen, News24)

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Cape Town - A "good beating" helps keep criminals in line, say Mfuleni residents. 

And, depending on the seriousness of the crime, "some deserve to die", a 58-year-old homeowner insisted.

This as police are investigating two murders reported in the area. Both are believed to be incidences of mob justice.

The charred body of a man was found in Nkonjani Street on Monday morning while the second body was found on Monday night.

In the first incident, locals found the naked corpse on a resident's doorstep, but police believe the man was killed elsewhere and his body dumped.

On Monday night, a 21-year-old man was found dead at the corner of Nqubelani and Tokwana streets.

The man, who lives in the area, had been beaten to death.

A resident, who asked not to be named, said petty crime and robberies were out of control in the area.

"Why should we put up with it? I am shocked that people are being killed, but beating a criminal is nothing new here. Even I have made a burglar pay after he broke into my house and stole my appliances," he said.

"There is only so much the police can do. They don't know these streets like we do. And if the cops catch the culprit, they take him to the cells and he's back on the streets the next day. They need to be taught a lesson."

‘Community action’

(Photo by Tammy Petersen, News24)

"Don’t call it mob justice. It's community action," a mother of two told News24.

She said she had on more than one occasion joined her neighbours in a "good beating of a tsotsi".

"Being poor doesn't give you permission to steal. Being horny doesn't mean you must rape.

"It’s because of this that we are starting to have order in Mfuleni. Look at other townships like Nyanga and Khayelitsha. Criminals run those streets. But not here. We are making sure of that."

But resident Themba Siphungu slammed those who took the law into their own hands.

"We live in a democracy. People can't just ... hurt and kill people because they suspect them of crime," he insisted.

"I know what I am talking about. Two years ago I was walking from a tavern when a group of people accused me of robbing an elderly lady a few streets away. They threatened to kill me, but luckily a witness told them it wasn’t me."

There is a justice system for a reason, Siphungu said.

"Everyone has the right to fair treatment before the law. Kangaroo courts take away that right. How many innocent people have been beaten and killed because of angry mobs baying for blood?"

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