By Angie Nkuna
Giyani- Dennis Hlungwani (37) of Mphambo village outside Malamulele has been shot and killed on Saturday night by a Warrant Officer attached to the Giyani Public Order Police who handed himself over to the police after he had allegedly dissapeared after committing the murder.
It’s alleged that Hlungwane has been shot 5 times throughout the body.
According to our reliable source, the arrested Warrant Officer who recently relocated to Giyani from Mphambo village, shot and killed Hlungwani after he was questioned by Hlungwani and his cohorts as to why he arrested his village homeboy who runs an unlicensed liquor shop.
“The Warrant Officer, (his name known to Giyani View) pulled out the gun and everyone who came to question him, started running for cover, and he followed Hlungwani and shot him 5 times”, alleged our source.
The Saps Provincial Commissioner in Limpopo, Lieutenant General Nneke Ledwaba has condemned acts of mob-attacks and vigilantism which are still prevalent in some Clusters of this Province especially in the Giyani Cluster.
Police say, the motive behind the incident is not clear at this stage but the ongoing invistigations by the Police and IPID will tell.
“Subsequent to the shooting, members of the community started to mobilize themselves and attacked the Police who responded to the crime scene. One Police Captain was seriously injured and six Police motor vehicles were damaged by the angry mob.
“The Police in Malamulele have since opened cases of murder and malicious damage to properties.
“The Warrant Officer involved in this murder incident has since been arrested.
“The suspects who went on rampage, assaulted a police officer, and damaged state properties are still at large.
“The Police investigations are still continuing.
“Anyone with information which can lead to the arrest of suspects involved in this mob-justice incident, may contact Captain Richard Boshomane at 079 894 5501 or the Crime Stop Number 08600 10111 or the Crime Line sms 32211 or the nearest Police Station.
“Community members are warned and cautioned to refrain and stop taking the law into their own hands as this practice continues to destroy the spirit of Community Policing”, said General Ledwaba”, concluded LT. Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe.