Mob justice taking over Port Elizabeth

By Doug Mattushek - 01 August 2019Views : 901

There have been three separate instances of mob justice killing in Nelson Mandela Bay this week.

The Sowetan reports that all three have occurred within a 1km radius in the Kwazakhele area and the three victims were either stoned to death, necklaced, or both.

Sipho Ngcoza, the latest victim, was found burnt with two tyres around his body at 1am on Thursday morning.

"When police arrived on the scene they found the deceased lying in the street," police spokesperson Captain Andre Beetge told The Sowetan.

"About 70 people were standing around but everyone claimed to not know what had happened. There were several rocks lying close to the body and he had two tyres around his body.

"It appears that there is some link as the proximity in which the attacks occurred is within a kilometre. In some of the cases there are allegations that they were criminals operating in the area."

Earlier victims include Sinethemba Gwatya, who was stoned and burnt to death on Monday, as well as Mandla Charles Hashe whose body was found on Tuesday.

Eastern Cape provincial police commissioner Lieutenant General Liziwe Ntshinga condemned the use of mob justice to solve issues.

"We cannot allow a state of lawlessness where people kill others in revenge attacks," said Ntshinga.

"If people are suspected of being involved in crime and criminal activities, they must be handed over to the police."