Polokwane - South African Police Service (SAPS) officers in Limpopo have arrested two teenagers in connection with the brutal killing of two women during an apparent mob justice incident at Ha-Mashau Misevhe village A and C in the Levubu policing area, Limpopo police said on Saturday.
According to the preliminary police investigations, the brutal attacks followed a chain of events which started at about 10am on Friday morning when the body of a 12-year-old boy who had been reported missing was retrieved from a river at Ha-Mashau village, Limpopo SAPS spokesperson Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo said.
"The deceased, Abelo Muila, was reported missing on the 10th of June this year after he allegedly disappeared while playing with his friends at a local complex."
Subsequent to the discovery of his body, community members apparently gathered to "discuss the matter". Later, at about 10pm on Friday night, they mobilised themselves and attacked two women with various objects, stripped them naked, and set them alight.
"The police and the medical emergency services were called following the frantic calls emanating from this area and responded quickly. On arrival at the scene, they made the gruesome discovery of the two women, badly burnt. One woman was certified dead on the scene, whereas another died later in hospital. When the police arrived at the scene, the crowd had already dispersed," Mojapelo said.