Man accused of stock theft killed during mob attack

JANE FURSE – A 68 year-old man members of the community of Ga-Molepane village in Jane Furse accuse of theft of cattle was killed during a mob justice incident on Friday.

According to police the deceased, accompanied by a 25 year-old man, was driving a herd of about eight cattle from Ga-Moretsele village to Mensterlus outside Groblersdal when a group of community members confronted him as he passed by the village and accused him of stock theft.

Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo, Limpopo Provincial Police Spokesperson, said they then started stoning the old man and thereafter set him alight. The deceased burned beyond recognition.

Mojapelo said the 25 year-old victim, who was with the deceased, was assaulted and suffered serious injuries. He was taken to the nearest hospital.

“Police were called to the scene and on arrival, this group of community members started pelting stones at them, thereby, breaking one of the windows of their vehicle. A suspect aged 24 year-old was arrested,” said Mojapelo.

Mojapelo added that preliminary investigations revealed that the cattle did not bear any brand marks and were not reported stolen.

Mojapelo further said that police were investigating information that the cattle belonged to the deceased and he requested the 25 year-old victim to assist him drive them to a better grazing field in Monsterlus.

“The deceased has been identified as Phakaseso Maloma from Ga-Maloma village in Schoenoord. The cattle have been impounded to conclusively determine its legitimate ownership,” said Mojapelo.

He said cases of murder, assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm and malicious damage to property were opened for investigations and more arrests were expected.

Anyone with information is requested to call the crime stop number 08600 10111 or may contact the nearest police station.

The arrested suspect will soon appear before the Nebo Magistrates Court.

Thapelo Motseo

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