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Policing, a cause for concern in Masiphumelele

A Fish Hoek pastor says there is a need for adequate policing following 2 alleged rapes and 3 murders.

It's alleged angry residents in Masiphumelele caught the man believed to be behind a teen's rape and murder, and killed him. Picture: Lauren Isaacs/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - A Fish Hoek pastor says there's a great need for adequate policing in the Masiphumelele township following three murders and two alleged rapes this week.

In the first incident 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.

In a third incident, 15 year old Amani Pula was found murdered in his home.

Relatives claim he was also raped.

Pastor John Thomas has condemned the attacks.

"For a long time there has been poor policing in Masiphumelele. Residents of Masiphumelele have been very aware of where the drug houses are, the rapists and where the murderers are. There's been ongoing crime, but nothing has happened."

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