The Provincial Commissioner of police in Mpumalanga Lieutenant General Mondli Zuma, hereby warns members of the community against taking the law into their own hands. The warning comes after a man was burned to death in an apparent act of vigilantism on Saturday 10 August 2019, at Alexandria Trust, Marite, near Hazyview. The incident is suspected to be a retaliation by the community after the murder of a 13 year old boy, whose body parts were found hidden in a fridge at the man’s house.
It is reported that on Friday, 9 August 2019, the boy went missing and the community immediately conducted a search and later discovered his body, with some missing body parts, in an open field near a dam within the area (Alexandria Trust). It is then that two boys allegedly informed the community that they spotted the boy walking with the man, who is well-known in the area. The community then apparently hunted the man down, brutally assaulted and set him alight. He died on the scene.
Police were alerted about the incident and upon arrival at the scene, they were attacked by the angry mob as they tried to quell the situation.
General Zuma warns community members to stop taking the law into their own hands, urging people to report criminal acts to the police and let the law take its course. “Vigilantism will not be tolerated nor accepted as a way of dealing with crime, anyone found to have participated in such acts, will be arrested and face the full might of the law”, said General Zuma.
Anyone with information that may assist police in the investigation this incident as well as tracing of the person(s) responsible for the callous act, is urged to contact Colonel Dudu Shabangu on 082 469 2569.
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