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Johannesburg - Residents of Kubyana village near Relela have torched the property of a local businessman after the body of a child and two other unharmed children were found in his car, Limpopo police said on Thursday.
“Three children locked themselves in an abandoned car while playing for hours and they were found by the businessman who is the owner of the car,” said Colonel Ronel Otto.
“The three were found by the owner when he got back from work and noticed that the car lights were on.”
Otto said the owner immediately called the police.
“When police arrived they found the body of a three-year-old inside the car, and the other two children who were unharmed,” said Otto.
She said residents of Kubyana accused the owner of kidnapping the children.
“They accused him of kidnapping the children and trying to use their body parts for muti purposes,” said Otto.
She said residents set fire to the businessman's house, car and supermarket.
“After they torched his home, car and shop, (the) police took the businessman and his family to a place of safety.”
“Residents also stoned police vehicles. Police used rubber bullets to disperse the crowds,” said Otto. - Sapa