‘Vigilantism is a crime’ — SAPS

2019-05-01 06:02

POLICE are warning community members to stop taking the law into their own hands if they catch criminals. This after two men were beaten to death by community members at KwaMgwagwa location, next to Mpophomeni, last Monday after the community accused them of stabbing and killing resident Mncedisi Zondi on Saturday night.

Zondi’s body was found by community members not far from his house. He had stab wounds and his body was also burnt.

KwaZulu-Natal police spokesperson Thulani Zwane said the bodies of the two men, which had assault wounds on the body and head, were retrieved from the cattle dip after the community took their own action.

“We discourage people who are taking the law into their own hands.

“We would like to caution all those who will be found to be breaking the law that they will be prosecuted.

“We appeal to our citizens to hand over those that are involved in criminal activities to the police and work hand-in-hand with the police,” he said.

Zwane said charges of murder were opened at Taylors Halt police station for investigation.

Seluleko Dlamini, a relative of Zondi, said Zondi lived alone in an RDP house. He said that on Sunday, members of the community noticed that his house had burnt down and they started looking for him.

“The community members then started looking for the people who might have killed him. They found two men and they started beating them up until they confessed to killing Zondi.

“The community then beat them to death and they are still looking for the other people who are suspected [to have been] involved,” he said.

Qalangaye Zondi of the Taylors Halt Community Policing Forum (CPF) said they are against the community taking the law to their own hands.

Qalangaye said, as a CPF, they want community members to work together with them and the police.

“Once you start beating someone you have broken the law and it interferes with the case as well.

“Taking the law into your own hands is not the way to go if we want to fight crime — we need to work together with the different structures in our communities.

“If you see something suspicious, you need to report it to us or the police or ward committee members in your area,” he said.

Echo recently reported on a story about a boy from Imbali Unit 14 who was beaten to death after he allegedly broke into a house and stole a television.

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