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'Mob killings in WC will not be tolerated'

Three mob killings have been reported in Masiphumelele near Fish Hoek in less than two weeks.

Three mob killings have been reported in Masiphumelele near Fish Hoek in less than two weeks. Picture: Lauren Isaacs/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Acting Western Cape Police Commissioner Thembisile Patekile has reiterated acts of mob justice will not be tolerated in the province.

Three mob killings have been reported in Masiphumelele near Fish Hoek in less than two weeks.

In the latest incident on Sunday night, about 100 disgruntled residents allegedly attacked two men accused of dealing in drugs.

A 35-year-old died from his wounds, while another man in his twenties survived the attack and is recovering in hospital.

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

Patekile says a team of investigators and additional resources have been deployed to the area following the violence.

"We understand that the frustration that they found themselves in but it in no way that justifies taking the law into their own hands. And I must say that is not acceptable and can't be tolerated any longer."

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

Authorities said 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.

'POOR POLICING'

On Friday, a Fish Hoek pastor raised concerns about violent crime in the area.

Last Tuesday, 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."

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