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Families of CT mob justice victims get some closure

On Wednesday, the man who was the ring leader of the mob was sentenced to an effective life term.

Picture: SAPS.

CAPE TOWN - There's some sense of closure for the families of six men who were murdered in a mob justice attack in Wallacedene three years ago.

On Wednesday, the man who was the ring leader of the mob was sentenced to an effective life term.

He was one of 16 people who accused the six men of criminal activity, kidnapped them and murdered them.
His 15 alleged accomplices will stand trial at a later stage.

Relatives of some of the men killed in the mob justice attack at Joostenberg Vlakte nearly three years ago gathered at court.

Among them was Noncedo Gcora, whose 21-year-old brother was one of the men murdered.

“It’s not really easy, but we’re trying to be strong. We’re still living with an open wound. I struggle to accept that I won’t see him again.”

The ringleader of the mob, Bangikhaya Koni, believed Gcora's brother shot and killed a friend of his.

In a plea agreement, he admitted to intentionally and forcefully kidnapping Gcora and five other men from a Wallacedene house and taking them to Joostenberg Vlakte.

There, he stabbed and stoned them with bricks and rocks.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)