Three men were beaten to death and their bodies set alight by Rhwantsana villagers on Wednesday, near the Eastern Cape town of Cacadu, formerly known as Lady Frere.
The men, aged between 25 and 30, were said to have confessed to murder, according to community members. They were interrogated before they were killed.
Vigilante justice following meeting with community about lack of policing. Photo credit: Nombulelo Damba-Hendrik
Provincial police commissioner Lt-Gen Lizwe Ntshinga strongly condemned the killings.
The vigilantism comes after an 85-year-old woman, Notest Lolo, was found dead inside her house on Friday, September 4.
The villagers say that since 2016, nine people have been murdered in their village; most victims were elderly people or young girls. Ward councillor Tozma Mrweni confirmed this.
During the lockdown period, three people were murdered. Police have made no arrests.
Mrweni said, “Before the death of the old woman, a young girl was raped and killed. No arrest was made.”
Before the killings on Wednesday, residents met with police to complain about the lack of policing.