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Limpopo cops hunt for vigilante mobs after two families attacked

G Tseke

The ANC condemns in the strongest possible terms the incident of vigilante killing which occurred at Burgersfort and at Maake at Tzaneen on Sunday 4 March. It is reported that two separate groups of people burnt houses and cars in apparent vigilante mob attacks. It was alleged that members of the community were a community member found murdered on the mountains on February 20 at the village. Immediately after the funeral service, they proceeded to the homes of two families, attacked them, and burnt their houses and vehicles. Another group attacked a family and burnt their house immediately after the funeral of a local resident, accusing the family of being responsible for the murder of the resident.

The ANC would like to remind everyone that vigilantism is a crime and it will not be tolerated in this country. No matter what the circumstances or allegations, we cannot allow our communities to catch, prosecute, convict and deal a death sentence to alleged criminals. Safety is everyone's responsibility but taking the law into your own hands does not make our communities safer. We call upon law enforcement agencies to find those responsible for these actions. We also call upon communities partner with the police and law enforcement authorities to help create safer environments.

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