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A suspected shoplifter was beaten to death in Polokwane after he allegedly stole sweets from a shop, Limpopo police said on Thursday.
Lieutenant-Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe said the man was caught by a mob as he tried to flee the shop.
“It is believed the mob used different objects to beat the man to death.”
Ngoepe said the man was declared dead on the scene by paramedics.
“We are very worried about the trend of people resorting to taking (the) law into their (own) hands.”
Ngoepe warned that those involved would be prosecuted.
Police were investigating a murder case. – Sapa