WC police investigate another mob attack

Three men were attacked and one died after they were accused of robbing residents in Khayelitsha.

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CAPE TOWN - There has been yet another mob justice killing in Cape Town, this time in Khayelitsha. Three men, who had been accused of robbery, were severely beaten near the Nolungile train station on Wednesday.

It comes just days after two alleged criminals were stoned and then set alight near Heideveld after being accused of robbing a woman of a cellphone in neighbouring Gugulethu.

Police spokesperson Tembinkosi Kinana said in the Khayelitsha incident, the men were allegedly attacked by residents who caught them after the apparent theft.

"Two of the victims were rushed to a nearby hospital, while one died at the scene."

Kinana said police have opened a case of murder and attempted murder. No arrests have been made as yet.

Meanwhile, the Institute for Security Studies said the only way to prevent vigilantism is for police to step up their services, especially in crime-riddled communities.

The Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry, which concluded its work last year, found many vigilante attacks in the area occurred because of a lack of trust between the police and the community.

The institute's Johan Burger said the South African Police Services needed to continually up its game.