Man killed in suspected vigilante attack

The man in his 20s was beaten to death by an angry mob of Samora Machel residents.

A Nyanga man in his 20s was beaten to death by an angry mob of Samora Machel residents on Saturday 22 February 2014. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape police are investigating the death of a young Nyanga man after he was killed in an alleged vigilante attack.

The man in his 20s was beaten to death by an angry mob of Samora Machel residents who reportedly accused him of trying to break into a tuck shop in the area.

The incident took place on Saturday.

The police's Thembinkosi Kinana says, "Police can confirm the incident. According to the information, a man in his 20s was caught by a group of unknown people in Oliver Tambo Drive.

"They beat him to death. The circumstances of his killing are unknown at this stage."

Several vigilante attacks have been reported in informal settlements across Cape Town over the last few months.

In the latest incident last week, a 17-year-old boy was killed by a mob in New Crossroads.

He was stabbed more than a dozen times by a group a group of young men armed with planks, knives and machetes.

Police investigations continue.