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Mob killings condemned

News in brief - Date: 13 March 2017

Written by: Isabel Venter / Viewed: 3895


Police in Vuwani have opened a case of murder following another mob killing at Mvelaphanda Village.

According to provincial police spokesperson Lt-Col Moatshe Ngoepe, community members chased down a 35-year-old man, still unidentified at this stage, and beat him to death with stones and wooden poles. The community accused the man of “being involved in criminal activities.”

“After the police received a report and reacted, the deceased was found lying dead in a pool of blood… along the Mvelaphanda public tarmac road,” said Ngoepe.  

Police are also investigating a similar case in Hlanganani just outside of Giyani, where the community of Noblehoek Village allegedly killed an unknown middle aged man. “It is alleged that the community accused the man of committing several criminal activities,” said Ngoepe.

In both cases no arrests have been made, but investigations are ongoing.

The provincial police have condemned these acts, warning the public to refrain from taking the law in their own hands as they are becoming criminals themselves.



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A photo taken of the unidentified man (35) shortly before he was viciously beaten to death by an angry mob of community members from the Mvelaphanda Village. Photo supplied.


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Isabel Venter

Isabel joined the Zoutpansberger and Limpopo Mirror in 2009 as a reporter. She holds a BA Degree in Communication Sciences from the University of South Africa. Her beat is mainly crime and court reporting.


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