Thursday, 07 April 2022 09:14

One person killed in overnight mob attack in Diepsloot.

By Lehlohonolo Lehana.

One person was killed in a mob attack overnight in Diepsloot north of Johannesburg, just hours after police minister Bheki Cele visited the area.

Details are still sketchy but police have confirmed that one person died from injuries and more than 20 people were arrested overnight.

Eyewitnesses told police that a small group of people went to the deceased's home and then attacked him with stones and apparently set him alight.

By the time officers arrived on the scene, it was too late to save the man.

Meanwhile the specialist police teams made up of the Tactical Response Team (TRT), Public Order Police (POP) and investigators, as well as additional patrol vehicles will descend on Diepsloot police station in Johannesburg to restore order.

On Wednesday, Cele, Gauteng Premier David Makhura, Gauteng Safety MEC Faith Mazibuko and newly appointed national police commissioner General Fannie Masemola met with community leaders to calm tensions in Diepsloot.

"There are people who died here whose cases weren't investigated properly. From October to December, 11 people died, but only four were arrested, and that is why we will bring a team of detectives who will work on these cases only."

"We will bring them in three cars," he said, addressing a crowd of protesters that gathered outside Diepsloot police station. 

He added that in the next 24 hours, about 30 members of the TRT and POP would be deployed in the area.

The secretary of the Diepsloot Community Policing Forum, Kutlwano Moalosi, said that although they appreciated engaging with Cele, this was not the first time he had promised to deploy extra personnel. 

"We welcome the visit by the minister because he heard us crying and availed himself.

"I have faith in what he said because even last time he promised us when he was here with Minister Aaron Motsoaledi when foreign nationals allegedly killed our police captain, he came here and addressed us and promised to deploy TRT, which he did.