Vigilantes 'are murderers themselves' - Plato

2015-08-14 16:47
Mnr. Dan Plato

Mnr. Dan Plato

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Cape Town - Those responsible for stoning a man to death on Thursday in Hout Bay are murderers and will have to face the full might of the law.

This stern warning came from Western Cape Community Safety MEC Dan Plato on Friday. 

"I condemn in the strongest possible terms the alleged vigilante killing which happened in Hout Bay last night (on Thursday). It needs to be made explicitly clear the Western Cape will not tolerate vigilante killings, regardless of its motivation or the circumstances," he said in a statement.

"No sphere of government, police, law enforcement authority or community can allow such lawless and brutal acts to become part of our social fabric.

"I call on the South African Police Service (SAPS) to conduct a thorough investigation into the death and to protect the community from the criminal elements operating in the community."

He urged the community to distance itself from the criminal elements among them; identify them to the authorities and report all incidents of crime to the police.

"If you feel the police are not doing what they are supposed to, alternatives exist to taking the law into your own hands."

These included local neighbourhood watches or community policing forums, the provincial police ombudsman, or calling 021 483 4332.

Plato and members of his department would visit Hout Bay on Monday to discuss ways to a safer environment.

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