Gauteng MEC for Community Safety, Faith Mazibuko, have condemned a mob justice incident that left four people dead in Zandspruit near Honeydew, north of Johannesburg on Wednesday. The deceased were confirmed dead by the team of paramedics, while the other five were critically injured.
The other suspects who survived were immediately taken to Chris Hani Baragwanath and Helen Joseph hospitals to receive medical attention as they were on critical condition.
“We condemn in the harshest terms the mob justice incident which led to loss of lives and leaving others injured in Zandspruit. These gruesome acts often leave communities traumatized and have long term devastating effects,” Mazibuko said.
Preliminary reports indicated that SAPS members attached to Honeydew police station were alerted of the mob justice incident and responded. Upon arrival at the scene, members found a group of more than 200 people gathering at an open space and started throwing stones at police.
The police immediately called for backup, when re-enforcement arrived police dispersed the group of people.The police found nine persons, aged between 20 and 30 years old, lying on the ground, badly assaulted and set alight by the angry mob.
Police Spokesperson Kay Makhubele says no arrests have been made. “The intelligence people are on the ground to gather information so that those who were involved will be brought to book,” Makhubele said
Meanwhile MEC Mazibuko encouraged members of the community to refrain from taking the law into their own hands.
“We urge the community to remain calm and exercise restraint as we await the full report from the police and look for solutions to their problems. While we understand that communities at times feel let down by law enforcement, we urge them to avoid taking the law into their own hands and being in conflict with the law.” Mazibuko said.