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Cape Town - Three Cape Town men have been stoned to death in a mob attack at a tavern. Another two men were severely injured in the incident on Sunday, and seven suspects are in custody.
The drama unfolded at around 6pm on Sunday night in Bila Street, in the Khayelitsha suburb of Ilitha Park, just two weeks after five people were shot dead and three wounded in an attack at another tavern, about 100m from Sunday night’s attack.
Police spokesman Andre Traut said the three dead men had not been identified, but were between 18 and 23 years old.
The two survivors of Sunday night’s attack had been admitted to hospital, he said.
“It is suspected that the victims visited a tavern in the area, where an altercation resulted in the brutal attack,” Traut said. Police responded quickly and arrested seven suspects.
The walls and ceiling of the tavern were still splattered with blood on Monday morning.
The suspects, aged between 18 and 22, are residents of the Harare area.
They are in custody and will appear in court on Tuesday in Khayelitsha, police said.
On the scene on Monday in Bila Street, tavern owner Daniel Mbashe said his establishment had been robbed by a violent gang a week ago.
“I was in my bedroom at the back, we locked our door but they kicked it down and dragged out my wife and stole about R7 800.
“Yesterday [Sunday] people recognised one of them - they were trying to rob me again.”
Mbashe said patrons had locked the gang inside the tavern and started beating them.
The Cape Argus on Monday saw blood spattered on the tavern’s walls. Mbashe said at some point the trio had managed to escape but community members had pursued them and stoned them to death in the street.
In the attack earlier this month a man opened fire on people in Emaplangeni tavern.
The tavern is linked to SABC2’s former Stokvel actor Ntobeko Rwanqa - who plays the part of Budget Naledi. When the Cape Argus visited the tavern at the time, Rwanqa refused to comment on the killings.
The dead include Mzandile “Zwai” Ngonzo, 27, an only son; Lwazi Daniels, 38, who was married with a son and daughter; and a man known to patrons only as Brigadier.
Police said the shooting followed an argument among patrons at the tavern.
Three of the victims died at the scene and the other two died in hospital. Three other wounded people were also taken to hospital.
Residents said they heard shots and when they emerged from their homes into the street the scene was chaotic.