Mchunu condemns vigilantism

2011-11-03 00:00

KWAZULU-Natal MEC for Transport, Community Safety and Liaison Willies Mchunu said they have engaged community-based crime fighting organisations to counter vigilantism.

This follows the attack on 17-year-old Bheki “Mabhekeni” Njokwe from Mpumuza by the Community in Peace Valley in Edendale as he walked to work.

It was later found that he was not, in fact, the suspect in a rape incident, which the community had assumed.

In a statement Mchunu condemned the community for taking the law into their own hands and encouraged them to work with the police in finding criminals and handing them over, “in one piece”, to the police.

“Killing a suspect defeats the efforts made by the community in combating crime. They become criminals if they kill the suspects or harm them in any way,” said Mchunu.

He added that they have started a programme of engaging with community-based crime fighting organisations to correct their approach in fighting crime.

“There is no space for vigilantism in our province and everyone must work within the ambit of the law.

“I want to send my condolences to the Njokwe family. I appeal to anyone with any information regarding this vigilante group to work with the police so they face the law”, said Mchunu.

Police said no arrests have been made in Njokwe’s murder case.


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