- Onele and Limnandi Msizi, 22 and 23, were murdered by guards after they were found with a roof covering on them.
- There has been a spate of suicides in the informal Powerline settlement in Port Elizabeth.
- The police have again appealed to the community not to take the law into their own hands.
Two brothers were cremated outside Nxanelwimfundo Elementary School in Port Elizabeth on Friday after allegedly found with sheet metal roofing.
Three weeks ago, GroundUp reported two more suicides outside of school near the informal Powerline settlement in Motherwell.
The men were beaten, then pulled to the school fence and burned alive.
Police spokeswoman Colonel Priscilla Naidu said, “They were handcuffed and had multiple visible wounds. They were burned beyond recognition… The brothers were identified as Onele Msizi (22) and Limnandi Msizi (23). “
Vigilante murders have divided the community between the cabin dwellers and the formal homeowners.
One homeowner, who refused to be identified, said, “What gives these murderers the power to kill other people? They are known to us … I cannot condone crimes, but why can’t you report suspected criminals to the police since the Motherwell Police Station is only yards from their shacks? “
Another homeowner said, “The air is always filled with the smell of burning human flesh. The government should erase this informal settlement because it exposes our children to graphic scenes of burned bodies. “
At a meeting of informal members of the settlement community on Thursday afternoon, one resident said, “Criminals know that if arrested, they will be released on bail. They come out of the cells and brag that they are the untouchables. We don’t have the money to hire security guards to protect our cottages and property. We will do it ourselves and kill anyone who wants to steal from us. “
“Often the community takes the law into their own hands and no cases are reported against the person they suspect is a suspect,” said Naidu. “We appeal to the Motherwell Community to work with the police and report any criminal behavior to law enforcement and stop acts of vigilance.”
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