Masiphumelele leader ordered to stay out of township

Lubabalo Vellem was arrested in connection with vigilante attacks, sparking violent protests in the community.

Masiphumelele residents gathered outside Simons Town Magistrates Court in support of community activist Lubabalo Vellem, who has been accused of murder after he allegedly assaulted a man in his community who later died of his injuries. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

CAPE TOWN - A Masiphumelele community activist implicated in a spate of mob attacks has been ordered by the court to stay out of the township as part of his bail conditions.

Lubabalo Vellem was granted bail of R5,000 in the Simon's Town Magistrates Court yesterday after spending almost two weeks behind bars.

Vellem was arrested for a series of vigilante attacks, sparking violent protests in the community near Fish Hoek.

He has been charged with murder, attempted murder, assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and public violence.

Community members have reiterated they are taking the law into their own hands due to a lack of adequate policing in the area.

A woman, who wishes remain anonymous, was one of scores of supporters who gathered outside court and cheered as Vellem was released.

She says while he won't be allowed in the community she's satisfied that he isn't behind bars.

"An injury to one is an injury to all. Lubabalo is like Nelson Mandela to us because he doesn't want anything to go wrong. Most of the people can listen to Lubabalo because he is very wise. We want him to be the councillor of Masiphumelele, because he can say no to criminals."

The case has been postponed to January.

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