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Mob Justice Dominates in Diepsloot, South Africa

A group of young men tremble in fear at the feet of the shouting ringleaders of a mob. A crowd of hundreds bays excitedly for the “scum” to be tortured, to die as painfully as possible. “Show them, show them, show them,” they chant. The men are accused of being criminals and terrorizing Diepsloot, a dense township north of Johannesburg, where hundreds of thousands of people live, mostly in flimsy shacks and extreme poverty. The suspects are tied to each other with rough rope. Stripped...

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