Vigilante mob beat suspect to death, attempt setting another alight, Nsuze

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Vigilante mob beat suspect to death, attempt setting another alight, Nsuze
Vigilante mob beat suspect to death, attempt setting another alight, Nsuze

An operation conducted by police officers at Nsuze yielded positive results when seven suspects aged between 32 and 54 were arrested for the murder of Duncan Simphiwe Mngoma (36) and attempted murder of a 22 year old man.

It is alleged that on 10 September 2019, the 22 year old victim was being assaulted by members of the eSidumbini community under the Nsuze police precinct. He was accused of theft at a homestead in the area. During the assault, a member of the community also accused Simphiwe Mngoma of being a thief. He was then assaulted by the mob with wooden sticks, iron rods and spanners until he succumbed to his injuries on the scene.

The mob attempted to set the 22 year old alight, however they were not successful. Police were informed of the kangaroo court and responded. Police managed to rescue the 22 year old and he was taken to a local hospital. Charges of murder and attempted murder were opened by Nsuze police for investigation.

All seven suspects will appear at Maphumulo Magistrate’s Court on Monday, 16 September 2019. More arrests are expected to be made as the investigation progresses.

In a separate incident, a vigilantism suspect Vusumuzi Ntuli(33), appeared at the Nsuze Magistrate’s Court on 11 September 2019, for killing Nkululeko Sikhakhane(23). The case was remanded to 18 September 2019. It is alleged that on 22 August 2019, Sikhakhane was allegedly beaten to death by a mob who accused him of theft.

A murder case was opened by Nsuze police station for investigation which led to the arrest of the suspect.

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