Seven young men were burned to death in the latest Diepsloot vigilantism attack, which has shocked and terrified the community.
Two separate mob attacks claimed the lives of five men, then two other men suspected of terrorising the town by committing petty crimes.
On Friday night, December 1, a mob grabbed and burned alive seven young males ranging in age from 16 to 21.
A pile of victims that had been burned beyond recognition was discovered in Extension 12 early Saturday morning, December 2, while two remains were recovered in Extension 13.
Only one body, that of 21-year-old Katlego Mphuthi, was not burnt beyond recognition.
Identifying the youngster, his family voiced their shock and sadness at his terrible death, saying it was wrong because the boys were not caught stealing anything.
Gauteng Police Commissioner Elias Mawela has condemned the Diepsloot vigilante incident and stated that police are working around the clock to identify those responsible.
This is not the first mob justice occurrence in Diepsloot; last year, an enraged community member accused him of criminal behaviour and killed him.
The group stormed Elvis Nyathi’s home in the middle of the night and stoned him before setting him alight.