South African police minister must stop summary executions

The minister of police must intervene when people take the law into their own hands, the Freedom Front Plus said on Monday.

“The necklacing of alleged criminals in Khayelitsha the last two weeks by the community is a danger sign and creates anarchy,” FFPlus spokesman Pieter Groenewald said in a statement.

A man was found “necklaced” in the Harare section of Khayelitsha, in Cape Town, at 7am on Sunday, police said. His feet had been bound with rope.

Necklacing is the placing of a tyre around someone’s neck, dousing it with petrol and setting it alight to burn the person to death. .

Warrant Officer November Filander on Monday said it was believed the man who died was the victim of mob justice.

On Saturday, a man was also found dead in D Block, Lingelethu-West, Khayelitsha, with a tyre and concrete drain cover on his chest.

The man was on his back and blood was coming out of his mouth and ears. His feet were also bound with rope.

Filander said no arrests had been made.

The FFPlus would ask Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa in Parliament what steps would be taken to restore law and order in Khayelitsha and to restore the community’s trust in the police.