Comparative analysis on public vigilantism: A case of Thulamela and Musina within Vhembe District in the Limpopo Province

Mr Ndivho Percy Sithuga1

1University of Venda, South Africa


The study will explores and compares the incidents of vigilantism perpetuated in Thohoyandou and Musina respectively within Vhembe District in the Limpopo province. The word ‘vigilantism’ as utilized in this study can be explained as a situation where general members of the community take law into their own hands and administering what they perceive as “instant justice” as a collective response to suspects or persons who are suspected of committing crime. The researcher opted to use triangulated research design in the sense that exploratory and comparative design were deemed suitable for the clarification of the phenomena under investigation. Furthermore, the researcher will use both qualitative and quantitative methodology in this proposed study. This study will rely on the available participants if not units to collect empirical data. The collected information will be thematically presented and content analysis will be provided in documentary samples. Further to this qualitative raw data collected through interviews will be rearranged, edited and presented followed by scientific interpretation and analysis. Qualitative data will be captured, coded and analysed through the use of SPSS programme. The study adopted Frustration and Aggression theory and Differential Association theory. The study recommends that those who engage on this activities should get harsher punishment as a form of generic deterrence.


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