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Plato visits Nyanga

Nyanga residents have blamed the police for an increase in vigilante attacks in the area.

Nyanga residents have blamed the police for an increase in vigilante attacks in the area.

CAPE TOWN - Nyanga residents on Monday said their lack of faith in the police led to vigilante attacks in the community.

Western Cape Community Safety MEC Dan Plato visited the Kosovo informal settlement on Monday to speak to residents about their safety concerns.

The MEC along with police officers handed out pamphlets encouraging locals to report criminal activity to the police.

Officials stopped at the family of Nceba Gqumza who was a victim of a vigilante attack.

The 28-year-old died after being beaten up and set alight by a mob, who accused him of robbing a local shebeen.

One resident told Eyewitness News if police responded to their complaints earlier, they would not have to take the law into their own hands.

"Police never respond to our calls. If they do, they are always late."

But Plato said they strongly condemned the attacks, adding that they were working on strengthening their relationship with community members.

In 2012, over 18 people were killed in mob justice incidents throughout the province.

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille set up the Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry in August following allegations of police inefficiency in the township.

However, the Police Ministry took the matter to court in a bid to stop the hearing.

Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa lost his court application in January.

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