Wed, 19 May 2021

  • Two people have been killed after being accused of breaking into houses in Khayelitsha.
  • Angry residents allegedly assaulted a group of five.
  • Three people were admitted to hospital with serious injuries.

Two people have died in an apparent mob attack by angry residents of Khayelitsha, Cape Town, who accused them of breaking into houses in the area.

Residents allegedly stoned the men to death in 41 Block, Makhaza, on Tuesday.

They were accused of breaking into houses and stealing items.

Police spokesperson Colonel Andrè Traut said the residents allegedly assaulted five people. Two died and three were admitted to hospital with serious injuries.

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"Initial investigations led to the arrest of three suspects, aged 27 to 32, who are still in custody until their court appearance in Khayelitsha [on Friday]," he said.

Harare Community Policing Forum (CPF) chairperson Funeka Soldaat said house break-ins have been a concern for some time.

"People work very hard for things that they have," Soldaat said. "It's unfair for others to think that they can just steal them and sell it for a low price."

She said the people accused of house break-ins allegedly use the money to buy drugs.

"However, killing these people is not a solution."

Soldaat said Covid-19 had exacerbated the unemployment rate, and crime would continue to rise.

"The only solution we need in this community is for more police stations and police visibility in the area.

"Harare is a vast area, but there is only one police station," she said. "This could've been prevented if there was police visibility."

Source: News24

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