Mob justice, suspected thief burnt to death with tyres, Motherwell

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Mob justice, suspected thief burnt to death with tyres, Motherwell
Mob justice, suspected thief burnt to death with tyres, Motherwell

The burnt body of 20 year old Luzuko Simanga was discovered on 15 March 2019, just after 07:00, in bushes behind the Vukani shack area, NU9, Motherwell. A family member alleged that Luzuko was woken up at 03:00 by a person suspected to have been known by Luzuko. He then left his home in Ngwevana Street (about 300 metres away from where he was found) with this person.

His burnt body was found four hours later and the SAPS were alerted. SAPS suspects that he was killed and his body set alight with burning tyres, after his attackers allegedly accused him of theft of power cables.

The Motherwell Cluster Commander, Major General Dawie Rabie strongly condemned this killing and said “Persons taking part in vigilante killings (mob justice) immediately becomes killers themselves. Our community must refrain from taking the law into their own hands to commit assaults and murders on other persons or suspected criminals.”

General Rabie further stated that the community needs to take SAPS serious that it will not be tolerated that such vigilante murders takes place and that SAPS will arrest and institute murder prosecution against such persons. Vigilante persons needs to respect the Laws of our country.

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