Tebogo Msimanga |
The Roodepoort Magistrates Court postponed the case against six people accused of being part of the Zandspruit mob justice attack that claimed eight lives. The six, that cannot be named at this stage appeared on charges of murder, kidnapping and attempted murder.
National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) Regional spokesperson Phindi Mjonondwane said it is alleged that in the early hours of 19 May 2021, the community of Zandspruit went on a vigilante operation hunting down those they blamed for terrorising the community. “
Nine of those were taken forcefully from their homes, assaulted and ultimately burnt at the nearby soccer field. “Eight of them succumbed to assault and burn wounds whilst the ninth person is recovering in hospital.”
Mjondwane further said the accused will remain in custody until their next court appearance on 09 June 2021 for bail application proceedings.
Meanwhile, Police Minister Bheki Cele ordered an urgent investigation into why the police response was slow on the morning of the attacks. Community members told Cele that the Honeydew police station which also serves Zandspruit area, provides poor service.