S Africa vigilantes kill 'thieves'

Police say angry crowds burnt and beat to death five alleged thieves in two incidents.

    The latest violence has drawn attention to the persistent problem of vigilantism in South Africa, which has one of the highest crime rates in the world.

    'Breaking point'

    In a recent report released by the national police service, it was revealed that vigilantism was the cause of five percent of the nearly 50 homicides a day in the country.
      
    "The broader public's levels of tolerance with regard to the incidence of crime have reached breaking point," the report said.
      
    But police on Wednesday urged citizens not to take the law into their own hands.
      
    "We strongly condemn this case of murder, because we do not want to encourage this mob justice,"  Mzukisi Fatyela, a police spokesman in Mthatha, said.
      
    "We want to send a strong message to the community: They should not take the law into their hands."

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    The shocking story of Israel's disappeared babies

    The shocking story of Israel's disappeared babies

    New information has come to light about thousands of mostly Yemeni children believed to have been abducted in the 1950s.

    Stories from the sex trade

    Stories from the sex trade

    Dutch sex workers, pimps and johns share their stories.

    Inside the world of India's booming fertility industry

    Inside the world of India's booming fertility industry

    As the stigma associated with being childless persists, some elderly women in India risk it all to become mothers.