Cape Town – Angry residents of Parkwood in Cape Town reportedly beat and burned a suspected kidnapper to death in what was suspected to be a mob justice attack on Monday.
It was reported that the deceased suspect allegedly tried to kidnap children from the area.
This followed a recent incident, where Mieshka Achmat, 25, reportedly sustained injuries to her face after she was stabbed during an alleged failed kidnapping in the same area on Tuesday.
Reports indicated that the deceased suspect who was driving a champagne-coloured Toyota Avanza, tried to kidnap children when he and his associate were cornered by residents.
His associate, however, managed to escape.
Three girls apparently kidnapped in Parkwood Cape Town. One managed to escape. The community got hold of a suspect and attacked him. Vehicle also set on fire. pic.twitter.com/zJz4bBN6Og
— Yusuf Abramjee (@Abramjee) May 31, 2022
Videos and pictures of the suspect being beaten with various objects and burned alive went viral on social media.
Police spokesperson, Warrant Officer Joseph Swartbooi reportedly told The South African that Grassy Park police officers responded to a complaint at the corner of Hyde Road and the M5 Highway in Parkwood at approximately 11:00.
“Upon arrival at the scene they found a Toyota Avanza in flames and the body of an unknown man who succumbed to death as a result of injuries sustained due to the fire,” Swartbooi was quoted as saying.
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According to IOL emotions were at their peak in the area and residents were “angry one of the suspects got away”.
“I have spoken to a number of residents and youth and they all feel what happened was 100% the right thing to do. The community wants to know, who is behind this syndicate, who sent them?” the report quoted community leader, Rashaad Allen who was at the scene as saying.
He said residents were sick and tired of crime.
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Compiled by Olwethu Mpeshe