Pikoli: Mob attacks are due to poor policing

WC Police Ombudsman Vusi Pikoli says curbing vigilantism should be one of the police's top priorities.

Former NPA head Vusi Pikoli. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape police ombudsman Vusi Pikoli says the spike in mob attacks could be blamed on poor policing.

The Masiphumelele township in Cape Town is on a knife's edge after at least three vigilante attacks last month.

Another three teenagers were killed in Etwatwa in Gauteng after being accused of gangsterism by the community.

Pikoli says curbing vigilantism should be one of the police's top priorities.

"There has to be urgent steps to address, community leaders, station commanders must be seen amongst the community."

He was attending a policing needs and priorities briefing in Bonteheuwel earlier today.

The police ombudsman says a lack of trust between police and communities are the root cause of mob attacks.

"There has to be a boosting of confidence in police for people to trust to report."

Pikoli says his office has received more than 200 complaints regarding alleged police inefficacy since January.