Delft mob attack victim rescued by cops
Community members assaulted Loyiso Buyeye with a sjambok after he allegedly broke into a house.
CAPE TOWN - A man who was attacked by a mob in Delft a week ago, has told Eyewitness News he was rescued by two constables.
Community members assaulted Loyiso Buyeye after he allegedly broke into a house.
A video of the beating surfaced earlier this week, featuring three law enforcement officials observing the attack without intervening.
Two police officers, one eating what appears to be a banana, can also be seen candidly walking past the victim.
Other community members can be heard hurling insults at the man, allegedly accused of being a thief.
Of the footage Eyewitness News has seen, the officers' faces cannot be seen, but only the lower part of their bodies as they walk past the victim.
They have now been suspended while a disciplinary process is underway.
Buyeye explains he was beaten by the angry mob on 13 November while three officials watched.
He claims a female officer told her colleagues not to intervene.
Buyeye says residents hit him with a sjambok for almost 30 minutes before two other policemen came to his aid and transported him to the Delft Day Hospital.
He says he's pleased the three law enforcement officials have since been suspended.
At the same time, the Hanover Park Community Policing Forum (CPF) says at least 20 people have been killed in gang-related violence in the area over the past three weeks.
A 24-year-old man was gunned down in Galilee Court in the most recent incident.
The CPF's Ebrahim Abrahams, says teenagers affiliated to gangs are being killed.
"Some of them are aged 13 and 14. We have even had reports that children at the age of 10 are being recruited by these gangsters. It's a concern that we have and we need to address it collectively."