South Africa 24.4.2015 01:30 pm

Mob justice mistaken for xenophobic attack

FILE PICTURE: A man runs holding a Nigerian flag as thousands marched against xenophobic attacks in South Africa AFP PHOTO/GIANLUIGI GUERCIA

FILE PICTURE: A man runs holding a Nigerian flag as thousands marched against xenophobic attacks in South Africa AFP PHOTO/GIANLUIGI GUERCIA

Violence that erupted in Atteridgeville, in the west of Pretoria on Thursday morning was not related to xenophobia, police said.

Police spokesperson Constable Tumisang Moloto said mob justice in the Jeffsville area, near Phomolong led to the violence that was initially mistakened for a xenophobic attack, Rekord Centurion reported.

“Police responded to a call of a person being attacked by community members. When police tried to rescue the person, their vehicles were stoned by the community members,” Moloto said.

It is believed the man was attacked for allegedly breaking into houses in the area. Moloto added the situation was now calm, and police were still patrolling the area.

This after an alleged rapist was stabbed to death in Mzingazi near Richards Bay over the weekend.

Sphamandla Mathenjwa, 20, and Gugulethu Mbuyazi, 31, were arrested for reportedly assaulting Lucky Mhlongo, who was accused of raping a teenage girl on Sunday, Zululand Observer reported.

Outraged community members are also believed to have assaulted the suspect after hearing about the incident. On arrival, police found the accused with stab wounds all over his body, and he was immediately transported to Ngwelezana Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.

A case of rape was reported to the Richards Bay Police Station and was then transferred to the Family Violence, Child Protection & Sexual Offences Unit for further investigation.

– Caxton News Service

 

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