Masi perform mob justice

2015-09-22 06:00

Two men have been attacked as Masiphumelele residents vow to weed out drugs from the community.

A 34-year-old man, reportedly suspected by the community of having ties to drug dealing, was killed during mob justice on Sunday night. Another 25-year-old man was torched and is in a stable but critical condition in hopsital, sources in the local Community Police Forum confirmed.

This was en the second spate of killings in vigilante justice in two weeks.

Mob justice has seen a 27-year-old man killed following the rape and murder of a 14-year-old boy on Tuesday 15 September. The boy was found with his hands and feet tied and in a state of undress, says Wynberg Cluster spokesperson Captian Angie Latchman.

“Investigations at the scene have established that at about 10:15 the uncle of the deceased arrived home when he noticed that the door was open. He went into the house and noticed it was in disarray. Upon further investigation he discovered the body of his nephew.

Earlier a 24-year-old woman was raped, Latchman says.

In the early hours of Tuesday morning the woman went outside to throw out her bath water when she was accosted by two men who dragged her to a nearby field where it is alleged that one of the suspects raped her before fleeing, Latchman says.

Police have since arrested a 34-year-old man in connection with the attack.

Following the incidents, residents confronted a suspect on Tuesday night and when he sought protection in a police vehicle, they stoned it. A second suspect was assualted and died in hospital from injuries sustained, sources within the CPF say.

“This has fuelled the fire. The community has been unhappy for a long time and this was the last straw,” says the CPF spokesperson, who did not want to be named.

“This is not the answer. The police must be allowed in and the killing must stop.”

Last month, Masiphumelele residents marched to the police station to hand over a memorandum demanding visible policing.

Following the march, the establishment of a satellite police station has been under discussion, with national deputy police minister Maggie Sotyu throwing her weight behind the proposal.

Sotyu and provincial police commissioner Major-General Thembisile Patekile attended a community meeting in Hout Bay, where residents and members of the CPF expressed their concern over slow response times by police and a lack of resources at the station.

A neighbourhood watch is being established in Masiphumelele by the local CPF, following the disbanding of a community security group referred to as Bambanani.

The disbandment has seen a dramatic spike in crime in Masiphumelele, reported community members at a public meeting last month (“It’s time for watch”, 18 August, People’s Post).

Shops were looted on Wednesday 16 September, and foreign shop owners were threatened

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