SABC News - Rustenburg informal settlements are marred with mob justice incidents:Wednesday 18 March 2015

Rustenburg informal settlements are marred with mob justice incidents

Wednesday 18 March 2015 19:21

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Residents say they want more visible policing in the area and claim that criminals go unpunished, fuelling mob justice incidents.(SABC)

A horrific case of mob justice played out at the Sondela Informal Settlement near Rustenburg, North West, over the weekend.

Five youths, alleged criminals, were set alight. A video too graphic to display shows five youth, three of them minors, tied with ropes and tyres placed around their necks.  

During a public interrogation, they confessed to the murder of a man and were then doused with petrol and set alight. Police came to their rescue but three of them later succumbed to their injuries.

One is fighting for his life and the fifth remains in police custody. Two similar cases in Sondela are also being investigated by police.

Residents say they want more visible policing in the area and claim that criminals go unpunished, fuelling mob justice incidents.

The rising number of such incidents in the area has both police and residents worried.

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