Zandspruit: lack of police accountability is the cause for mob justice
Researchers also point to an incorrect prioritising of crime categories and neglect of poor communities
The vigilante attack in which nine young men were abducted, beaten and set alight by an angry mob in Zandspruit is “a long overdue wake-up call to all involved” and illustrates the dire state of policing in SA.
Policing expert Dr Johan Burger of the Institute for Security Studies believes “these kinds of atrocities” are the result of high crime levels, and the danger the country is facing if strong action by the police is not taken “is far too big to contemplate”.
Burger said allegations that police either took several hours to respond to the incident, or that they were present while it happened but stayed away and did not act, pointed to serious misconduct that warranted high level intervention and strong action against those implicated...