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Sunday, January 29, 2023

Manenberg mob takes the law into their own hands

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An angry mob from Manenberg have assaulted two men from the community for allegedly molesting children. One of the accused is currently in hospital following the attack.

According to a report by The Daily Voice, the mob consisted of more than 100 community members. The publication reports that the first of the two incidents took place on Friday afternoon. SAPS were alerted to a report of gangsters chasing an alleged child molester in Rio Grande Walk.

The mother of the victim told The Daily voice that, “It was just after Jumu’ah (Friday prayers) when the people went. It’s an old case that involves two children that he was touching.”

The distraught mother said that she had seen the man lurking around the area for the past few weeks, but she did not know who he was. She explained that the mother of the previous victims saw him on Friday, and this is when it was revealed that he is a sex offender.

She added, “The people went mad and he climbed on a roof to escape, but the gangsters chased him.

“They attacked him with bricks and poles until he bled. We have children. We can’t have him here in our area.”

Brigadier Sanele Zama, Station commander at Manenberg SAPS, said that the initial case dates back to 2017 and the 36-year-old is accused of sexually assaulting a 5-year-old girl and a 12-year-old boy.

Brigadier told the publication: “It is not clear where the suspect was before now, but when the community got hold of him, they beat him badly.”

“He was unconscious and had to be taken to hospital where he is being held under police guard.”

In a separate incident on Saturday night, enraged community members were out for blood when they learnt of a 60-year-old man who was allegedly caught sodomising a 9-year-old boy at his home.

News of the assault quickly spread throughout the community and soon a mob had gathered and started attacking the man’s home with bricks.

When the police arrived at 19:00 to arrest the man, the mob accused the police of protecting the perpetrator and responded with pelting the police.

Brigadier Sanele Zama said that the police fired warning shots to disband the crowd and get the victim to safety.

“The suspect has been charged with rape and will appear in court soon. The community became so violent, and we call on people not to take the law into their own hands,” said Zama.

The crowd outside the home started sharing videos of the attack online, the videos showed the face of the traumatised boy.

The family have pleaded to the public to stop sharing the video.