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Two killed, one critical following mob justice incidents in Soweto on Sea

Aug 21, 2017
Two killed, one critical following mob justice incidents in Soweto on Sea

Police in Port Elizabeth on Monday said that revenge attacks, or sometimes called vigilante or 'mob justice' will not be tolerated after three separate incidents that left two people dead and another critical in hospital over the weekend.

"All three incidents took place in the Soweto-on-sea area of Kwazakele," said police spokesperson, Captain Andre Beetge.

"The first one happened on Friday, at 16:00, at the Jijana grounds, Soweto-on-sea, when a 33-year-old male, Phakamile Ayanda Khwesaba, was attacked by about 100 persons and stoned and set alight using tyres and flammable substances.

"He was admitted to Dora Nginza Hospital in a critical condition with very serious burn wounds."

Captain Beetge said that in the second incident, that happened on Sunday, at 13:30, a 20-year-old Siphesihle Kala, alias Tsoli, was stoned and set alight using tyres and flammable substances in a street in Jijana grounds, again in Soweto-on-sea.

"Two hours later at about 15:15, the brother of Siphesihle Kala, the 23-year-old, Anele Kala, was chased and stabbed to death by a group of attackers after he was spotted walking in a street closeby the scene where his brother was killed," he added.

"In all three incidents, the community alleged that they were killed due to being house robbers, but none prepared to formally give information."

The Motherwell Cluster Commander, Major General Dawie Rabie, has ordered that community structures be mobilised to actively engage with community to discourage communities or individuals from taking the law in their own hands, and added "SAPS will prosecute those involved with vigilante attcks. Where communities identify criminals, they must give information to the SAPS in order for those criminals to be arrested and brought before court."

Any person that could assist police in this investigation, can contact the investigation officer, Warrant Officer Hilton Kemp at 079 445 8312.