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MEC condemns Masiphumelele mob attacks

Three people have been killed in vigilante attacks in the township over the last two weeks.

FILE:It's believed a mob of angry residents allegedly beat and burnt a man to death in Masiphumelele Township. Picture: Lauren Isaacs/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape Community Safety Department has urged residents of Masiphumelele near Fish Hoek to refrain from taking the law into their own hands.

Three people have been killed in vigilante attacks in less than two weeks.

In the latest incident last night, a 35-year-old man died on the scene while a man in his twenties is recovering in hospital.

Department spokesperson Ewald Botha says disgruntled residents should contact neighbourhood watch groups, the Community Policing Forum or the Police Ombudsman's Office if they feel police are not delivering adequate service.

"Western Cape MEC for Community Safety Dan Plato condemns, in the strongest possible terms, the alleged vigilante killing as safety cannot be created where people are responding to alleged criminals by committing themselves."

Some Masiphumelele residents say inefficient policing has driven the community to mob justice.

A section of Pokela Road leading into Masiphumemlele had to be closed to traffic when violence broke out last night.

Earlier today, the police's Noloyiso Rwexana appealed to the community to come forward with any information that may lead to arrests.

"We appeal to anyone who has information that can assist in the investigation to contact crime stop."

Authorities are keeping a watchful eye on the area.

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