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Vhahangwele Nemakonde
Digital Journalist
2 minute read
22 May 2021
11:37 am

Zandspruit mob justice death toll rises to 8

Vhahangwele Nemakonde

Cele will engage with the community of Zandspruit today as they share their frustrations following the incident.

Picture File: Police Minister Bheki Cele in Zandspruit. Picture: Lirandzu Themba/Twitter

Two more people have lost their lives following Wednesday’s mob justice attack in Zandspruit.

This brings the death toll to eight, confirmed police ministry spokesperson Lirandzu Themba on Saturday.

This as Police Minister Bheki Cele attends a briefing with Gauteng Provincial Commissioner Lt Gen Elias Mawela, Deputy Provincial Commissioner Maj Gen Thommy Mthombeni and Johannesburg District Commissioner Maj Gen Max Masha on the matter.

Cele will engage with the community of Zandspruit today as they share their frustrations following the mob justice incident.

A group of about 200 people went out at 2am in search for youths who were allegedly robbing people in the area.

“It is reported that nine boys were forcefully taken to the sports ground where they were assaulted. Four died and five were taken to hospital in a serious condition,” police spokesperson Kay Makhubele said on Wednesday.

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The total number of arrested suspects is six and police continue to search for more suspects.

Speaking to eNCA, community members said they felt nothing for the victims because they had had enough of robberies in the area.

“We heard about it just before 5am and rushed to the scene and found community members assaulting the men. We don’t feel anything about what happened today because they have been robbing us for a long time,” said one community member.

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