Some community members in Mamelodi, Pretoria, are convinced that a vigilante killer who has named himself after John Wick – after the eponymous action movie – is on the loose in the area and is killing members of the so-called Boko Haram gang. The bodies are piling up but the police are dubious about the existence of this vigilante.

IS THERE A KILLER NAMED JOHN WICK ON THE LOOSE?

Tebogo Mashigo, the chairperson of the Community Policing Forum in Mamelodi West, told EWN that people are praising “John Wick” for doing the police’s job.

“The sentiment shared by a lot of people is that it is long overdue they are happy with the situation. But as the CPF, we are not happy. Whether they are part of the community or gangsters, it’s one death too many, it affects everybody,” said Mashigo to EWN.

It has reportedly been 12 days since “John Wick” has killed anyone but he is allegedly linked to at least seven Mamelodi murders between August and 10 October. Boko Haram members are reportedly living in fear, according to the Pretoria Rekord.

“John Wick” in Mamelodi’s notoriety has been fuelled by social media – there was a Facebook page in his name – and a gruesome viral video, which showed an alleged Boko Haram member being shot in broad daylight, was circulated and attributed to the killer.

“I will be scouting at the village tonite be warned I want to finish the bokoharam I am not going to kill nkunzi now mybe later,” read one of the alleged vigilante’s posts on Facebook.

According to Pretoria News, the person behind the “John Wick” persona could be linked to one of Boko Haram’s rival gangs – Bafarasai, which is believed to be a breakaway group that wants to take over the township.

Police spokesperson Brigadier Brenda Muridili said that residents were wrong about the existence of a vigilante called “John Wick” but wouldn’t flat out say the rumours were false.“I wouldn’t say that because they (the residents) know what they know, but the investigation is not corroborating what they know.”

Muridili said the police had linked recent murders in Mamelodi to Bafarasai. According to reports, a provincial task team is on the streets of the community investigating the spate of killings.

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