More uncivilised mob justice: Three people killed and set on fire

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More uncivilised mob justice: Three people killed and set on fire
More uncivilised mob justice: Three people killed and set on fire

The Acting National Commissioner of the South African Police Service, Lieutenant General Lebeoana Jacob Tsumane, has in the strongest possible terms, condemned two separate incidents of vigilantism in Gauteng and Eastern Cape provinces.

The Acting National Commissioner has also commended the police on the swift arrest of six suspects associated with the incidents. This after three people were allegedly killed and set on fire respectively by a group of community members accusing them of criminality.

The first incident occurred yesterday, 27 August 2018, in Stinkwater, north of Pretoria in Gauteng where two men were allegedly assaulted and set on fire after being accused of being part of a syndicate that is terrorising members of the community in the area with regards to bank card skimming.

Their vehicle was also set on fire.

The second incident occurred in the Eastern Cape in Dindini area of Mbizana where the local interim chief aged 49, was allegedly killed and burned by a group of people at his home stead. The mob decided to go and take the law into their own hands after holding a meeting. Six suspects aged between 28 and 57 were arrested soon after the incident. The motive for the attack will form part of police investigation.

The Acting National Commissioner has condemned these incidents and has instructed the provinces to investigate incidents to the latter and arrest more perpetrators of these crimes that he has compared to anarchy.

“Communities are the eyes and ears of the police and when there are people suspected of committing any criminal offences, the community is required to report those people to the police for further investigation,” said Lt Gen Tsumane.

The General also commended the police in the Eastern Cape for the swift arrest of six suspects and went on to say that mob justice or vigilantism is tantamount to crime and those arrested will be subjected to the justice system processes.

“We will always act decisively and arrest those that commit these cruel attacks. We will not condone these kind of heinous crimes. The community has to report any criminal activity to the police to investigate. No one is allowed to take the law into their own hands,” said Lt General Tsumane.

The arrested suspects are appearing in the Mbizana Magistrates Court today, 28 August 2018.

Anyone with information on elements of criminality in their area may anonymously contact the Crime Stop toll free line on 08600 10111. Information received will be treated with confidentiality.

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