Plato meets with communities over vigilante killings

Western Cape Community Safety MEC Dan Plato has condemned recent vigilante attacks.

Western Cape Community Safety MEC Dan Plato. Picture: Aletta Harrison/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape Community Safety MEC Dan Plato has expressed his concern over a spate of vigilante attacks in the province.

At least three suspected criminals were killed in a space of four days by people who took the law into their own hands.

In the recent incident, a man his 20s was beaten to death while his accomplice was wounded in an attack by residents in Khayelitsha's Enkanini.

Two other men were killed in separate incidents in Mbekweni and Table View last Monday.

Plato says he's currently meeting with different communities to discourage 'bundu court' elements.

"We want to restore trust between communities and the police. Communities to report incidents of criminality at the nearest police station. If they are unhappy with the police's response they can report to the ombudsman's office or to my office."

Plato adds vigilantism cannot be condoned.