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Cops probe latest incident of mob justice

Western Cape police have yet to determine the motive behind another vigilantism incident in Khayelitsha.

A victim of mob justice. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape police have yet to determine the motive behind another vigilantism incident in Khayelitsha.

A man was assaulted and set alight in Makhaza on Saturday morning.

It is alleged the man had snatched a woman's bag. The community had the victim screaming and came to her rescue.

It is alleged they started beating the man before setting him alight.

Officers say they found the man's body lying in an open field near a supermarket.

The police's Frederick van Wyk said, "We will not allow the community to take the law into their own hands. Those involved in mob attacks will be dealt with accordingly."

In April, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa visited the area and urged community members not to take the law into their own hands.

At least six people have been killed in vigilante attacks since the beginning of 2012.

Meanwhile, Western Cape Premier Helen Zille is currently consulting lawyers about setting up a commission of inquiry into the apparent breakdown in relationships between the police and the community of Khayelitsha.

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