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Mob killings out of control - Policing board

The WC Policing Board wants Govt to urgently address mob killings.

A victim of mob justice. Picture: iWN

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape Community Policing Board on Monday said government needed to roll up its sleeves to prevent mob killings from becoming the norm in communities ravaged by crime.

The board shared the views of the Social Justice Coalition.

It believed kangaroo courts were a response to not only police inaction, but increasing frustration with sluggish service delivery.

In the latest incident, a 32-year-old man was killed after he allegedly stole a cellphone.

Despite pleas by Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa and the province's top cops, the necklacing of suspected criminals continues undeterred in Khayelitsha.

The board's Faizal Abrahams said talk was not enough, and police and other government departments should address the issues head on.

"Government needs to come to the party before this escalates out of hand and if they don't, people are looking at extreme methods."

Abrahams warned if nothing was done, mob killings may spill over into other neighbourhoods.

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