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By unknown | Oct 22, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Canaan Mdletshe

Canaan Mdletshe

Police have expressed concern over the escalating number of vigilante incidents in KwaZulu-Natal.

This comes after three people were assaulted - two have died - by angry residents in less than 24 hours.

Yesterday morning, Umlazi residents stoned to death a 23-year-old man suspected of murder.

Umlazi police spokesman Captain Khephu Ndlovu said a 23-year-old man had tried to rob a woman of her handbag when residents chased him.

He said the man was known to be moving around the township and terrorising residents at gunpoint.

"While he was running for his life, a 43-year-old man, Swelile Joachim Jwara, tried to stop him but he shot him dead.

"The residents who were chasing him shouted for others to stop him and they caught him.

"He was stoned to death," said Ndlovu.

The suspect was so badly beaten he was unrecognisable.

Ndlovu warned residents against vigilantism.

"Vigilantism has never been lawful and we appeal to the public to apprehend a suspect and bring him to the police.

"Police have never said they have failed in fighting crime," said Ndlovu.

He said two murder cases were being investigated and whoever was found responsible would be dealt with accordingly.

On Sunday afternoon at Buffelsdraai, outside Verulam, angry residents assaulted brothers Gcinani and S'thembiso S'mamane. Gcinani died at the scene and S'thembiso is fighting for his life in hospital.

The brothers had allegedly skinned a man from the chest to the head, cut off his ears and gouged out his eyes.

The brothers' father, fearing for his life, has fled the area.

No one has been arrested in either of the incidents.


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