No arrests after Philippi mob justice attack

A man, who allegedly tried to break into a tuck shop, was corned by residents and beaten to death.

Police tape closes off a crime scene. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape police say no arrests have been made following a deadly mob justice attack in Philippi at the weekend.

A man was killed after he allegedly attempted to break into a tuck shop in the Samora Machel informal settlement.

He was then cornered by angry residents, who then beat him to death.

There have been several mob justice attacks in various Cape Town townships in recent months.

Vigilante killings have also been under scrutiny at the Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry over the last month.

Some residents maintain they're forced to take the law into their own hands, as many criminals get off scot-free.

The police's Tembinkosi Kinana says the circumstances surrounding the Philippi man's murder are being investigated.

Last week, a 17-year-old boy was killed at the hands of a mob in New Crossroads.

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