KZN mob justice murder case withdrawn

The case against two men arrested in connection with a suspected mob justice murder in KwaZulu-Natal has been withdrawn due to insufficient evidence.

This after a man identified as Aya Shanga died from multiple injuries sustained following an alleged assault by members of the community in the Nkothaneni location, according to South Coast Herald.

Shanga was believed to have been involved in an armed robbery and murder in the area.

Police spokesperson Captain Gerald Mfeka warned the community not to take the law into their own hands.

Last month, KZN police arrested five men aged between 26 and 47 in Mtubatuba in the north of Richards Bay, after a 20-year-old died during a suspected mob justice incident in Nkanini.

Colonel Jay Naicker said it was believed that the deceased had been chased by a group of men in Ezwenelisha, where he was assaulted and later set alight.

Research by the Institute of Security Studies found that mob justice served as an occasion for victims, and the communities with which they were linked, to “proclaim the extent of their suffering and seek punitive redress”.

The study by Dr Gail Super from the Institute for Criminology at the University of Cape Town found that mob justice occurred when community members united against an outsider, and become bonded for an intense moment in a way that masks the problems that tear the community apart.