Cops need help identifying mob killing suspects

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Published Apr 4, 2016


Bolobedu - Police in Tzaneen on Monday warned local communities against taking the law into their own hands after a 24-year-old man was forcibly removed from his home and fatally assaulted by a mob who accused him of being responsible for the murder of another villager.

Police said allegations are that a group of community members went to the deceased’s home at Ga-Malematja village on Sunday and took him to the headman’s kraal.

“On arrival there, he was brutally assaulted with various objects until he died and they left him there lying on the ground in a pool of blood,” said Tzaneen police spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe.

Police identified the deceased as Collen Bopape.

Ngoepe said the suspects have not yet been identified and no arrests had been made yet.

“Incidents of mob-attacks and killings is still a problem in this area and as the police, we would like to re-iterate our call for the community members to refrain from taking the law in their hands.”

Ngoepe appealed to community members to help identify the culprits.

African News Agency

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