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Mob victims 'tried' to rob tavern

Khayelitsha residents allege a group of men who were killed on Sunday were trying to rob a local tavern.

A Khayelitsha street where three men were stoned to death on 20 October 2013. Picture: Siyabonga Sesant/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Eyewitnesses who saw the violent attack on alleged criminals in Khayelitsha say the men were planning to rob a tavern in the area for the second time.

Police have confirmed that three of the men were stoned to death in the area on Sunday.

Residents say the group robbed the tavern last weekend.

This resident explains that someone noticed some of them and alerted the owner, who then allegedly mobilised community members who attacked the group.

"They were planning to rob again this week. Some customers here recognised them from last week.

"They told the owner and soon after they were surrounded by people who beat them up."

Over 20 people have been killed by angry mobs in Khayelitsha in recent months.

In 2012, Premier Helen Zille set up a commission of inquiry to investigate vigilante killings in the area.

Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa went to the Constitutional Court in a bid to prevent the commission from going ahead.

However, he lost the case.

The commission will continue with its work to get to the bottom of mob killings.