Another mob killing in Masiphumelele brings toll to 4

Police say around 100 people attacked two men accused of drug dealing. The other was rushed to hospital.

FILE: A second person who was attacked has been rushed to hospital. Picture: Lauren Isaacs/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Police say yet another person has been killed by a mob in Masiphumelele near Fish Hoek.

A second person has been rushed to hospital.

The motive for the killing which took place last night remains unclear.

But there are claims the two men who were attacked are suspected drug dealers.

This is the fourth killing reported in the township in less under two weeks.

The police's Noloysio Rwexana said, "We're investigating cases of murder and attempted murder after the incident that occurred last night just after 7pm. According to the report, about 100 residents apprehended two men."


On Friday, A Fish Hoek pastor raised concern about violent crimes in the area.

Three murders and two alleged rapes were reported in the township last 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 claimed he was also raped.

Pastor John Thomas said policing in the area has been poor.

"The community has said they're not going to tolerate this poor policing any longer. We've 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, said police were 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."