Community Safety MEC's visit to Masiphumelele met with mixed reaction

The Masiphumelele township has seen three apparent mob attacks over the past two weeks.

FILE. Residents gather at the scene in Masiphumelele but are tight lipped about the alleged mob attack. Picture: Lauren Isaacs/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape Community Safety MEC Dan Plato received a mixed reaction when he visited the troubled Masiphumelele area earlier today.

The township, situated near Fish Hoek, has seen three apparent mob attacks over the past two weeks.

The victims of the three separate alleged vigilante attacks were accused of rape, drug dealing and theft.

Residents say the lack of adequate policing has driven them to take the law into their own hands.

Plato distributed pamphlets to community members, pleading with them to refrain from mob justice.

But a resident says the community has had enough of criminals getting off Scott-free.

"Dan Plato is too late because people are killed every day."

Meanwhile, a man who works in Masiphumelele has welcomed Plato's visit.

"When a minister comes in and has a discussion with community members in terms of safety and security, it's very important."