Posted on December 6, 2023

7 Burned to Death in S. Africa Township ‘Mob’ Attack: Police

AFP, December 3, 2023

Extra police patrolled one of South Africa’s most violent townships Sunday after a “mob” tied-up and burned to death seven men accused of a crime wave, police and residents said.

South Africa is afflicted by a steadily increasing murder rate, but community leaders say Diepsloot, a town of more than 350,000 people north of Johannesburg with high rates of killings and rape, has been abandoned by authorities.


“They were all chased, caught and tied before being killed, yes it was a ‘necklace’,” said one resident, referring to the use of tyres or rope put over the upper body of victims before they are set alight.

“There are more police today and we hope they will stay because we need them,” the resident added {snip} “There have been a lot of robberies and people are angry.”


South Africa, with a population of about 60 million, averaged 68 murders a day in the second quarter of 2023, an increase of nearly 20 percent on the same period in 2019.