‘We fight fire with fire’: mob justice is getting more organised

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‘We fight fire with fire’: mob justice is getting more organised

As vigilante killings continue to rise, we explore why this is happening and whether it really is a bad thing

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At the end of July, Sinethemba Gwatya, 23, was killed by a mob in New Brighton, Eastern Cape. The following day, Mandla Hashe, 29, was killed in a mob justice attack.

These are but two of recent vigilante justice incidents – and security experts say it’s a phenomenon that cannot be ignored.

Police have warned community members engaging in mob justice of the serious nature of the crime. National SAPS spokesperson Brigadier Vishnu Naidoo said the act of taking the law into one’s hands under the false pretext of instilling law and order was “unacceptable”...

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