Police arrest two for murder

2015-07-14 06:01

The police have arrested two of the three suspects connected to the murder and robbery of a Congolese man in Hout Bay.

The 27-year-old man was walking home when he was approached by the three suspects.

Warrant officer Tanya Lesch, spokesperson of Hout Bay police, says the victim was robbed of his cellphone and stabbed on Wednesday last week at about 15:00.

Station commander Lieutenant-Colonel Bongani Mtakati held a meeting with the community of Imizamo Yethu, including Congolese nationals, when he said the community was informed not to take the law into their own hands.

The two suspects appeared in the Wynberg Magistrate’s Court yesterday on charges of murder.

Meanwhile Dan Plato, provincial minister of community safety, says the “excessive violence used in the robbery is further cause for serious concern”.

“The nature of the crimes warrant a deeper investigation by the provincial police management on the police’s crime intelligence ability to detect, monitor and prevent vigilante attacks by being aware of community police relations – a lack of such relations should be addressed before communities turn to criminality themselves,” he says.

Plato says though there is a serious case to be made for the “apparent lack of police visibility, fuelling the policing dissatisfaction and frustrations which are associated with either vengeance attacks” or with increased feelings of being unsafe in public spaces, as in the Hout Bay incident, “the police are not solely to blame for these murders”.

“Safety is everyone’s responsibility and these murders must be condemned by all of us,” Plato says.

He adds that “safety cannot be created by taking the law into one’s own hands”.

“Murder is a crime and I trust that the police investigation will identify the murderers who will face the full might of the law. Vigilantism is a crime and it will not be tolerated by law enforcement agencies. Anyone involved in any incident of vigilante killings becomes a criminal themselves,” he says

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