Zandspruit community sees third mob justice attack in as many months

Community leader Kenneth Lekalakala says incidents of this nature are on the rise in the area.

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JOHANENSBURG – A Zandspruit community leader says the latest fatal mob attack on an alleged criminal in the area is the third in as many consecutive months.

Yesterday, a man was necklaced in the informal settlement in northern Johannesburg.

Police say they are currently following all leads but no arrests have yet been made.

Authorities have appealed to anyone with information on the murder to come forward.

Community leader Kenneth Lekalakala says incidents of this nature are on the rise in the area.

Lekalakala says residents have grown frustrated at the increase of crime in Zandspruit and the police’s apparent failure to respond to their grievances.

“We don’t have lots of policing in Honeydew during the night. It will take maybe three to four hours when you phone the police to arrive at your place.”

Police say a lack of resources have made policing in the area difficult.

They say this could be the case because a lot of individuals are living virtually on top of each other.

There’s no lighting in the area, no proper infrastructure, making policing in the area tough.

Police have appealed to residents not to take law into their own hands and allow law enforcement do its work.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)