News agency, Cape Town, South Africa
Thursday June 20th 2019

Police minister addresses vigilante killings

In the wake of four suspected criminals being necklaced by vigilante mobs over the past three weeks and a further five being beaten and stoned to death, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa said Khayelitsha residents must work with police to fight crime rather than take the law into their own hands.

Speaking at a meeting with about 500 residents and community leaders at Lookout Hill in Khayelitsha on Friday, Mthethwa noted the spate of brutal vigilante killings in the area.

Seven people have thus far been arrested for vigilante action and are in custody pending their bail applications.

“People must come forward with information no matter what and expose criminals. All these senseless killings must come to an end,” Mthethwa told the Khayelitsha residents.

“Taking the law into your own hands is against the law. When the people take the law into their own hands, they too become criminals and they will be arrested.”

The latest suspected mob justice attack was in Nyanga on Wednesday. The body of an unidentified man was found near low-cost housing. He had been beaten, his throat cut and his trousers removed. – Sandiso Phaliso

Tags: Khayelitsha, Lookout Hill, Nathi Mthethwa

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