Vigilantism claimed another life in Khayelitsha Kuyasa 56 Section on Sunday morning when a 35-year-old man only known as Rasta was stoned and burned to death in an open field.
Residents said Rasta has been terrorising the area, robbing people and breaking into houses to steal. According to residents he has been warned several times and even beaten before, but did not stop committing crime.
Eye-witnesses said Rasta burgled a house in the early last week and residents tried to hunt him down with no luck.
However, he was seen and caught yesterday.
”I’m not suprised that he was killed and I’m relieved. He once stole from my house and stole my laptop, I always wanted residents to kill him,” said a 17-year-old girl.
A 42-year-old man said he was happy Rasta was killed.
He said Rasta was a well known burglar who waited for residents to go to work before breaking into their homes.
”Last month he broke into a house, we hunted him down, he was beaten. We felt sorry for him thinking he was going to stop but he didn’t, killing him was the best solution,” he said.
Rasta’s death came a day after Kuyasa residents buried 27 year-old Sivuyile Ngaka, who was also burned to death two weeks ago, allegedly by a group of women who caught him stealing.
Even though residents said vigilantism was teaching criminals to stop stealing, some are concerned about the reputation of their area.
Police had not replied to questions before going to press. – Nombulelo Damba