Residents of Hillview near Muizenberg in Cape Town said they found three burned-out bodies in the neighborhood on Sunday evening. It’s been reported that thieves rob and harassed residents almost daily.
A strong police presence is maintained in the area after the three bodies were found. Residents were reluctant to speak, but admitted the three were apparently part of a gang that targeted the residents.
“It was not an incident of racial hatred or xenophobia. The men attacked people on a daily basis and a courthouse court ruled with them, ”said one man.
“People were fed up with being victims of crime,” said a resident.
Others said people from the area could not even visit the woods in peace, without being robbed and assaulted.
Brig. Western Cape police spokesperson Novela Potelwa said what happened was brutal, but people were sick and tired of the criminals getting away with their belongings.
“Police on Sunday night monitored a group that had gathered after news of the killings became known,” Potelwa said.