Cape residents take the law into their own hands

A recent survey shows that many members of the public believe that mob justice is caused by failures in the criminal justice system. (Cartoon: Zapiro for Mail & Guardian)

Some argue that mob justice is caused by failures in the criminal justice system. (Cartoon: Zapiro for Mail & Guardian)

Police officers saved the life of a man who was attacked by angry New Crossroads residents after he and a friend allegedly robbed a woman at knifepoint last weekend.

The New Age reports that  the two men stole a cellphone and shoes. A witness fired a shot in the air and the suspects ran away, but they were chased and caught by residents, who were still in their nightgowns and pyjamas.

The residents recoved the shoes but not the cellphone, tied the thief up and beat him until police arrived and rescued him by arresting him.

The New Crossroads incident follows a call by Western Cape Safety and Security MEC Dan Plato, for people not to take the law into their own hands. Read more.

Related articles:

Read  Mandy De Waal’s Daily Maverick investigation on vigilante justice in Cape Town.

Listen to an Australian correspondent’s report on street justice on the Cape Flats.

Read about a recent survey which shows the public blames police for vigilantism.

 

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