A woman suspected of being a member of the Dudula movement, which targets residents in Alexandra, was attacked by angry community members on Tuesday.
She was rescued from an attempted collar and then arrested.
Police spokesman Col Dimakatso Sello said the 40-year-old woman was suspected of being a member of the Dudula movement, illegally evicting people from their homes in a suburb north of Johannesburg.
“The injured woman was taken to hospital under police guard and arrested for malicious damage to property and persons was registered at the Alexandra police station in May,” Sello said.
No one has yet been arrested in connection with the incident.
A video allegedly showing the woman pleading for her life was shared on social media. In the 13-second clip, she can be heard saying, “I’m not a Dudula member anymore. I’m not a Dudula member.” She has a head wound and two hoops – unlit – around her waist.
Alexandra CPF Chairman Chris Mabunda said, some local residents complained about being attacked by her and other Dudula members.
“They wanted to burn the lady yesterday [Tuesday] in Tsutsumani, which is part of the Dudula movement,” he said.
Although some of the group’s members have been arrested over the past week, it is believed that she may have joined a group that continues to evict people from their homes. Upon learning of this, residents reportedly began looking for her.
“They attacked women from South Africa and some of them sustained injuries. They did it [evictions] and continue to do it. In some places they need money [ask for a bribe]. I can’t say why they’re doing it because they’re the only ones who know,” Mabunda said.
Previously, Tefo Raphadu, a local councilor in the area, told TimesLIVE that the movement was gradually turning into a vigilante group that is uncontrollable and fighting the community it claims to represent .
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