Cape Town – Residents of Marikana informal settlement in Philippi say the necklacing of three suspected robbers was intended to bring the government’s attention to the spike in crime in their area.
The three men, aged between 20 and 30 years, were set alight, allegedly by residents, yesterday morning. They were believed to have been among a group of criminals terrorising the community, especially women, when they go to work and return home.
Residents who spoke on condition of anonymity said their complaints to the police were not attended to.
Nolubabalo Sesant, aunt of Siyabonga Ngqabeni, 21, thought to be one of the dead men, said residents told her one of the men was Ngqabeni.
“It’s very painful that he had to die like that. He was not a criminal. We can’t be 100% sure if it is him because the person was burnt beyond recognition and we will wait for tests to confirm,” she said.