13 March 2017

South Africa: Manhunt Launched for Suspects Following Two Separate Incidents of Apparent Mob Killings

press release

The Police in Vuwani outside Thohoyandou have launched a manhunt for a group of community members after two separate cases of murder has been opened for investigation in two separate incidents.

It is alleged that on 12 March 2017 at Mvelaphanda Village, an unknown man of about 35years old was fatally assaulted during an apparent mob justice incident.

After the Police received a report and proceeded to the area, the deceased was found dead. Various items alleged to have been used by the mob during the alleged assault was found next to the victim.

Police suspect the local community members accused the deceased of being involved in criminal activities.

Police investigations are still continuing.

Meanwhile the Police in Hlanganani outside Giyani have also launched a manhunt for a group of community members after an apparent mob-killing incident that have occurred at Noblehoek Village yesterday on the 2017-03-12 during the afternoon.

It is alleged that members of the community have assaulted an unknown middle aged man with various objects including sjamboks killing him instantly. The victim was allegedly accused as being involved in alleged criminal activities.

The deceased is still unknown and police investigations are still continuing.

The Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Nneke Ledwaba has strongly condemned the two incidents and described it as senseless, irresponsible and barbaric acts.

The Provincial Commissioner also issued a stern warning to members of the community to refrain from taking the law into their own hands by assaulting or killing those suspected of committing crimes because they are becoming criminals themselves. Report crime to the Police.

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