‘Mob justice’ ongoing in Mkholombe

2016-01-14 06:00

SOME say it’s everyday crime while others claim that it’s “small-time xenophobia”.

Whatever it is, the community of Mkholombe have been living in fear since the beginning of the year.

A reliable source informed the Fever about two murders that took place in the informal settlement recently.

The source claims there is now a war between the Somalians and Ethiopians.

“Two people have died and shops have been looted. Many were forced to close their business in the area. There is also talk that sites owned by Ethiopians in the Marburg area will be looted and closed.”

“This is basically mob justice and it is a very scary time for everyone living in the area.”

The news spread to Bhobhoyi and Ethiopian shop owners had no choice but to close their business.

A meeting will be held by the area­’s community policing forum soon said the source. The agenda is unknown at this stage.

Police spokesperson, Lieutenant-Colonel Zandra Wiid confirmed the murders.

Nickey Jeffrey Mavundla (32) was killed on 30 December, 2015 at about 1.30am.

He was asleep in his house in Mkholombe with a woman who heard people knock on the door and ask for Mavundla.

“It is alleged that a group of people outside broke the door and entered the house. Apparently the victim was involved with others of breaking and stealing from certain shops in Mkholombe,” said Wiid.

A fight ensued and in the process another man, Dejen Sebiel Derodo (33), was stabbed.

“The fight continued outside and Mavundla also sustained stab wounds, and died,” said Wiid.

Derodo was then taken away in a wheelbarrow.

A short while later another group of people then attacked the group, who took Derodo away. He later died.

A murder case and an inquest docket was opened and is under investigation.

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