Insecurity in Diepsloot: Bheki Cele Speaks after Zimbabwean Elvis Nyathi is Murdered by a Mob

A pall of uncertainty current hovers around Diepsloot in South Africa, with residents protesting the spake of crime in the area, which they think is high and alarming.

A resident of the area, Elvis Nyathi, was killed in a mob attack in the area yesterday night (Wednesday, April 6), further deepening the uncertainty surrounding security in the area.

Residents blame insecurity in the area on illegal immigrants and an ineffective police force.

On the incident in which Elvis Nyathi, a Zimbabwean, was murdered, his wife notes that Elvis was accused of gun possession and criminality, and his attackers demanded R300, but she didn’t have that much on her. They grabbed the R50 she had and still took her husband away, where they stoned him and then set him ablaze.

The attack on Elvis Nyathi provoked outrage from many quarters, as well as from the controversial collective Economic Freedom Fighters(EFF). The body had condemned the mob attack while also warning local vigilantes.

On the insecurity in Diepsloot, South Africa’s police minister Bheki Cele is apparently aware. During a visit to the place, he’d place spelt out his ministry’s plans to contain insecurity and restore normalcy. 

According to the minister, the government would deal with the criminals and those renting spaces to them.

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