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'Criminals walking free in Khayelitsha'

At least nine people have been killed in attacks related to vigilantism in Khayelitsha this month.

At least nine people have been killed in attacks related to vigilantism in Khayelitsha this month.

CAPE TOWN - Site C residents in Khayelitsha said Justice Department officials, together with police, are to blame for criminals walking free.

A community leader said residents don't bother to report criminals to police as they've lost faith in authorities.

This month alone, at least nine people have been killed in attacks related to vigilantism in the area.

In the most recent incident, two people were found murdered at the weekend.

Community leader Bongile Zanazo believes the entire criminal justice system is to blame.

"You can go and lay a charge against someone who's robbed you today but tomorrow that person is released. It's not just the police's duty but the whole justice system. We must blame judges and prosecutors as well."

Meanwhile, the Social Justice Coalition says it fears vigilante killings in Khayelitsha are once again spiralling out of control.

The organisation's Phumeza Mlungwana says she suspects the number of attacks could be higher.

"I think we have police issues in Khayelitsha that make it hard to combat crime or try to promote safety with the resources that they have. Let us try to make sure that they do that. Let us try to make sure that we always give instructions that attempt to promote safety and work with the police."