Three suspects in custody for Walmer Township mob attack

SEPTEMBER 21, 2016

Port Elizabeth police on Tuesday announced that three suspects appeared before the Port Elizabeth Magistrate's Court on Monday facing charges of murder and attempted murder following Walmer Township mob justice incident that left two dead and a third person in hospital.

The three suspects, Ncedile Apolisi, aged 31; Jonathan Deyi, aged 55, and Monwabisi Matyaleni, aged 32, were arrested by SAPS Walmer detectives during the early hours of last Friday morning at their homes in Walmer. They were remanded in custody for further investigation.

It is alleged that on the 1st of September, at about 19:00, a group of residents from G-West location, in Walmer, caught and assaulted three men, who they suspected of committing robberies in the township.

“The men were severely assaulted, which resulted in the demise of two victims, while the third is in critical condition in hospital. Police are investigating two cases of murder and one of attempted murder,” described Port Elizabeth police spokesperson, Colonel Priscilla Naidu.

She added that on the following day, an urgent meeting was held between the management of SAPS Walmer, the Community Policing Forum and the community leaders from Walmer Township.

“The community leader strongly condemned these acts of violence and has pledged to work together with the SAPS in bringing these perpetrators to book,” said Colonel Naidu.

A case of murder and attempted murder was opened.

“There is no justification whatsoever in acts of mob justice by members of the communities and perpetrators of such crimes will face the full might of the law,” said Head of Walmer Visible Policing, Lt Colonel Abdoerahgmaan Humphries.

Lt Col Humphries emphasised that these incidents is unjustifiable and that one cannot resolve crime by committing crime. He urged the communities to report alleged perpetrators to the police either voluntarily or anonymously.

Residents lay seige to Walmer Police Station

However, last Friday, when residents heard of the arrest of the trio, a group of 80 community members arrived at the Walmer Police Station and demanded the release of the suspects - resulting in a tense stand-off between the residents and police officers.

They later dispersed after being addressed by senior police officials.

Walmer SAPS station Commander, Colonel Flemmer has strongly condemned such acts of violence and is pleased with the community’s involvement in restoring calm to the area.

He emphasised the importance of the communities working together with the police in eradicating criminal elements within their environment.

"Fighting crime with crime is no solution," added Colonel Flemmer.