Alleged drug dealer burnt to death in Masiphumelele

Deadly tensions have flared up again following reports of yet another mob justice attack.

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 - Deadly tensions have flared up in Masiphumelele again following reports of yet another mob justice attack.

The incident happened yesterday.

#Masiphumelele There's been a spate of vigilante killings over the past few months, exacerbated by protests over poor policing. LI

There has been a spate of vigilante killings over the past few months, which have been exacerbated by protests over poor policing.

A Masiphumelele community leader confirmed a man was set alight in the area yesterday.

The victim was apparently accused of dealing in drugs.

IMAGE: Residents have 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.

A police vehicle and at least two shacks were also torched as some residents again vented their anger over inadequate policing in the area.

Police management tried to assure locals their grievances are being addressed.

Last week, community activist Lubabalo Vellem was granted bail in the Simon's Town Magistrates Court.

He was arrested last month in connection with a spate of mob justice attacks.

Last week, Western Cape police detained a man who officers believe is responsible for a string of crimes in the area including the rape and murder of a teenager.

The 14 year-old-boy's murder prompted vigilante attacks in the community.

Police said they first arrested the 33-year-old man for being in possession of suspected stolen property in August.

In September, investigators linked him to the rape of a 24-year-old woman who was attacked on the same morning the 14-year-old boy was raped and killed.

Authorities said the man is the prime suspect in the teenager's murder.

He appeared in the Simon's Town Magistrates Court and will be back in the dock next month.