Sanco slams East Rand mob justice

2015-12-13 11:00
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Johannesburg - Vigilantism will only lead to lawlessness and a vicious cycle of violence, the South African National Civic Organisation (Sanco) warned on Sunday.

This in response to Thursday’s mob justice killings of four alleged criminals who are said to have been terrorising the Gugulethu informal settlement in Springs on the East Rand.

Locals caught the men as they fled a robbery scene and stoned them, where after they were set alight.

Sanco spokesperson Jabu Mahlangu slammed the mob justice, saying residents need to follow the legal route to report crime.

Quicker police response to distress calls, increased visibility and regular investigation progress updates to crime victims is needed to restore the public’s confidence in policing.

"The relaunch of street committees that will work closer with community policing forums will assist our communities to play their part in reclaiming their streets and neighbourhoods from criminals who are terrorising them," he said.

Mahlangu appealed to witnesses to report any information they had to assist police in their investigations.

Read more on:    sanco  |  johannesburg  |  crime  |  mob violence

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