Masiphumelele leaders call for calm

The community has seen a spate of vigilante killings and violent protests over the past few weeks.

FILE: Residents say a lack of adequate policing has driven them to take the law into their own hands. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Masiphumelele community leaders have called for calm following the court appearance of an activist arrested in connection with a spate of mob justice attacks in the area.

The community, near Fish Hoek, has seen a spate of vigilante killings and violent protests over the past few weeks.

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

Lubabalo Willem (36) was arrested in connection with the attacks last week.

His arrest saw a flare-up in violent protest action at the weekend.

Willem appeared in the Simon's Town Magistrates Court earlier today where he wasn't given the opportunity to apply for bail and ordered to appear in court later this week.

Community Leader Howard Mbana has asked residents to remain peaceful and allow negotiations to continue.

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Following the violence that erupted last Friday, more than 200 Masiphumelele High School matriculants were collected by the provincial education department and are currently being housed and schooled at an alternative location.

The department says the area is too volatile and the protests could traumatise learners.

Meanwhile police, metro police, traffic and disaster risk officials are on standby in the community.

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