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Fear of 'orphans' in stonings

By unknown | Aug 15, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Sne Masuku

Sne Masuku

The stoning to death of three suspected criminals on Wednesday in Ntuzuma township has brought to six the number of people killed in what appears to be incidents linked to mob justice.

The killings come after residents in Ntuzuma and Inanda, north of Durban, expressed fears that a group of criminals calling itself izintandane (orphans) is regrouping to terrorise them.

The criminals hit the headlines in the early 1990s after a spate of brazen robberies and the rape of residents in their homes and at public venues.

Crimes similar to those attributed to izintandane have increased in the past three months.

So far six people believed to be criminals have been killed within five days of what is believed to be mob justice.

Last week, three men were stoned to death in Ntuzuma. Three other people believed to be members of the group were battered and stoned to death on Wednesday.

The 1990s gang had justified their actions claiming to be orphans who had lost their parents during the liberation struggle.

Late community leader, Ntsebe Ngobese, who was feared by criminals established "Operation Washa Two" which brought to an end the "orphans" reign of terror in Umlazi and KwaMashu townships.

Communities claim police have failed to deal with the matter of the "orphans" until they [the communities] took the decision to kill them.

"Police are not acting decisively so we decided to deal with these criminals. Police always tell us criminals have rights while they violate ours," said one resident who asked not to be named.

He said there were strong suspicions the izintandane are re-grouping in their neighbourhood.

Last month in Inanda a man was shot and killed in front of his child and disabled wife before they were raped.

Police spokesman Vincent Mdunge dismissed the community's fears that the group has resurfaced.

"They are behind bars."

He confirmed that people suspected of robbing houses were stoned to death recently.


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