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Situation in Masiphumelele still tense

Some residents have lost faith in the police and say their call for visible policing was ignored for months.

Residents gathered at the scene in Masiphumelele after an alleged mob attack. Picture: Lauren Isaacs/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Residents in the troubled Masiphumelele township in Cape Town believe the alleged rape and murder of a teenage boy could've been prevented.

Three murders and two alleged rapes were reported in the community situated near Fish Hoek in less than two weeks.

Police confirmed two of the deaths were due to mob justice and are working around the clock to restore calm following a spate of attacks.

LISTEN: Police deploy more members to Masiphumelele

Community leaders claim calls for more visible police in the area have been ignored for several months, and has driven them to take the law into their own hands as they're desperate to get rid of crime.

Masiphumelele community leader Lunga Matawu said the change of command at their police precinct comes a little too late.

"The unfortunate part is that all these events are taking place after we've engaged with the police."

Amani Pula (15) who was allegedly raped and was found murdered in his family home last week, will be laid to rest tomorrow.

Pula will be buried in his hometown of Maclear in the Eastern Cape.

Matawu says Pula's murder and alleged rape left the community in utter shock.

Western Cape Community Safety MEC Dan Plato is expected to visit the troubled township next week in a bid to calm tensions in the area.

Meanwhile, Speaker of the Western Cape Legislature Mark Wiley attended a memorial service held for Pula earlier this week.

Wiley appealed to the community to put their faith in police as additional resources are being deployed to the area.

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