Port Elizabeth – Over the past weekend, in separate incidents, two people were killed and another hospitalised in revenge attacks in the Soweto-on-sea area in Kwazakele.
The first incident happened on Friday 18 August 2017 near Jijana grounds, where 33-year-old, Phakamile Ayanda Khwesaba was attacked by a group of about 100 people stoned and set him alight using tyres and flammable substances. He was admitted to Dora Nginza Hospital in a critical condition with very serious burn wounds.
The second incident happened on Sunday 20 August 2017 where 20-year-old Siphesihle Kala, who goes by the name Tsoli, was also stoned and set alight to death.
A few hours later at the brother of Siphesihle Kala, 23-year-old Anele Kala was stabbed to death by a group of attackers after he was spotted walking in a street near the scene where his brother was killed.
In all three incidents, the community alleged that the aforementioned were attacked due to being house robbers, but no one in the community was prepared to formally give information.
The Motherwell Cluster Commander, Major General Dawie Rabie ordered that community structures be mobilised to actively engage with community to discourage communities or individuals from taking the law in their own hands, and added “SAPS will prosecute those involved with vigilante attacks. Where communities identify criminals, they must give information to the SAPS for those criminals to be arrested and brought before court.”