The South African National Civic Organisation (Sanco) on Saturday lambasted those responsible for the killing of three people and the torching of a Buffalo City councillor’s house during which her disabled teenage daughter inside was killed when an angry mob petrol-bombed their house.
“We condemn in the strongest terms possible the atrocious and shocking acts that have plunged the community into a bloody conflict,” Sanco national spokesman Jabu Mahlangu said.
He appealed for calm and for the community to assist police in their investigations. Mahlangu further urged communities to “leave meting out of justice to authorities in the criminal justice system” instead of taking the law into their own hands. The person responsible for the three deaths that angered the community had to face the wrath of the law.
“Likewise, mob justice will only lead to lawlessness, loss of innocent lives such as that of the disabled teenager who died a horrifying death, and a vicious cycle of violence; vigilantism creates a cycle of senseless violence and revenge attacks that undermines the rule of law.”
Mahlangu expressed concern that corruption related to a government delivery programme seemed to have been the cause of the bitter row that reportedly resulted in the deaths of four people and the arrest of the councillor as well as her husband who was alleged to have shot dead two sangomas and their client.
“According to police, it all started when a sangoma failed to pay a kickback to the councillor for a position in the expanded public works programme. On Tuesday, the sangoma was travelling with another traditional healer and a client outside East London.
“Police say the driver stopped the vehicle on a quiet road before the councillor’s husband arrived and allegedly shot both sangomas in nearby bushes. One woman died on the scene, but the other survived and was able to crawl to the road where she was picked up by a metro police officer.
“Police say she was able to identify the attackers before she passed away in the hospital a few days later,” Mahlangu said.
– African News Agency (ANA)