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Pastor joins calls for better policing in Masiphumelele

Three murders & two alleged rapes have been reported in the township this week.

FILE:Residents gather at the scene in Masiphumelele but are tight lipped about the alleged mob attack. Picture: Lauren Isaacs/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - A Fish Hoek pastor has raised concern about violent crime in Masiphumelele.

Three murders and two alleged rapes were reported in the township this week.

On Tuesday night, 32-year-old Skhumbuzo Gqamana was allegedly beaten and set alight by angry residents in retaliation for the rape of a woman.

Another man died in hospital hours later, apparently from wounds sustained in a mob attack but it's not clear whether the two incidents are linked.

A 15-year-old boy, Amani Pula, was also found murdered in his home on the same day.

Relatives claim he was also raped.

Pastor, John Thomas says policing in the area has been poor.

"The community has said 'we are not going to tolerate this poor policing any longer. We have had enough and we will take the law into our own hands; and if the police are going to do nothing, we will change the situation.'"

A resident, who asked not to be named, says police are not doing much to apprehend murderers, rapists and drug merchants in the community.

"I'm so happy that they killed those people because we are so tired. The people are getting arrested and they stay there for two weeks and then they come back and do the same thing again. They rape."

Eyewitness News has not yet been able to get comment from police.

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