Ziyanda Stuurman | Zandspruit murders: A community with little faith in the police

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The area in Zandspruit  where eight people were killed in alleged mob justice attack.
The area in Zandspruit where eight people were killed in alleged mob justice attack.
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A loss of confidence in the police to do their jobs – to investigate crime and arrest perpetrators – and a loss of confidence in the courts to hold those found guilty of crime accountable, leads to deadly consequences, writes Ziyanda Stuurman.

Eight men died on Wednesday, 19 May in Zandspruit, Johannesburg. They were a part of a group of nine men who were rounded up by a mob and then beaten, tortured and necklaced for their suspected involvement in a spate of crimes in the area. Only one of the men is alive but he remains in hospital.

Six people who are believed to have been part of the mob have been arrested and have appeared in the Roodepoort Magistrate's Court on Monday, 24 May on charges of kidnapping, attempted murder and murder. The case has since been postponed to 9 June when the accused are expected to lodge a bail application.

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