Mthethwa to fight mob justice

2011-08-15 21:19

Johannesburg - Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa will attempt to prevent further mob justice when he visits the Eastern Cape this week.

He intended visiting other provinces, but would start holding public meetings in the Eastern Cape, to stop the crime from spreading across the country, his spokesperson Zweli Mnisi said in a statement on Monday.

"The people in the Eastern Cape should know that those that were part of the mob justice incidents will be arrested."

Locals would be given an opportunity to voice dissatisfaction with the police, and discuss crime in the province. Mthethwa would also speak to police officers.

Two suspected criminals were killed during the weekend. A man was beaten to death for allegedly trying to rape an elderly woman in Indwe.

He was also accused of the rape and murder of a woman in July.

In Pola Park, Mthatha a 28-year-old man was beaten to death after he was accused of several house breaking incidents.

The first public meeting would be held in Tsolo on Wednesday.

This was the minister's second visit to the province to discuss mob justice in as many months.

"They are frustrated with the reaction time of police, and they feel that the system always lets criminals go free," Mthethwa told Sapa after meeting Uitenhage residents in July.

There were seven cases of mob justice in the province in June, police said.

  • Macho Mike - 2011-08-15 21:31

    You must be joking Mr Mthethwa. The corrupt policing and justice system we have in South Africa means that criminals are not scared of you and your police force. In fact many criminals have your members in the palms of their hands, to tease and please as and when they see fit.Even if a good cop catches crook, the crook must still get to court. Now the court officials are also the criminals puppets, and so the "DOKUMENT", the famous document, normally goes mising at this point.And even if the person makes it past the judge and into jail, there is every chance they will escape (with inside help)or get let off early. Little wonder that kangaroo courts and vigilantees are becoming more common. Mob justice is replacing cop justice - people are simply gatvol with utter poor and incompetent service.

  • beicime - 2011-08-15 21:49

    On one visit! Are you going to try a miracle?

  • Dav - 2011-08-16 11:40

    If these pricks do there job like they are supposed to, there won't be any mob justice. And so we can go on and on and on with no result.

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