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Kraaifontein police condemn alleged mob justice attack

The man was allegedly beaten and stoned and left for dead at the Kraaifontein train station.

FILE: Police tape at a crime scene. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Kraaifontein Police Station commander has condemned an alleged mob justice attack, which led to the death of one man.

The man was allegedly beaten and stoned on Wednesday evening and left for dead at the Kraaifontein train station.

He had allegedly robbed a woman earlier that night.

Brigadier Gerda van Niekerk says she is disturbed by Wednesday evening's alleged mob justice attack.

“It’s a very serious concern for me. The community can’t take law into their own hands.”

Van Niekerk warns residents not to share images of mob justice attacks on social media.

“What’s even more upsetting is the things going viral on social networks. We expose our children and it’s not good to see somebody else being murdered. Why do we expose those things? And we forget that the victim also has a family.”

Van Niekerk has also urged community members to contact the police when a crime occurs, instead of resorting to vigilantism.

Police say no arrests have yet been made.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)