By Albert Maluleke
Polokwane- The Provincial Commissioner of the South African Police Service in Limpopo lieutenant general Nneke Ledwaba has condemned the recurring incidents of mob-attacks and killings that are still prevalent in some parts of the Province with the strongest possible terms.
The condemnation come from three incidents that happened over the weekend, and on Monday in the Westenburg Policing area outside Polokwane, Siloam policing area outside Thohoyandou and Masemola policing area outside Lebowakgomo respectively.
The Police in Westenburg have arrested eight suspects for murder following an incident which occurred on Saturday at about 10:30 in the morning, where one person was allegedly killed by a mob in one of the streets of Disteneng Section.
Police investigations have revealed that the 17 year-old deceased was allegedly attacking his mother with a sharp instrument which led to the community members responding in numbers to rescue the woman.
The community grabbed him and assaulted him with various objects until he died. The deceased is also accused of terrorizing the community on a number of criminal activities for some time.
The suspects had appeared before Polokwane magistrate court on a charge of murder.
In Siloam, police are investigating a case of attempted burglary and assault (mob attack). During this incident a suspect was caught attempting to commit burglary in the house by witnesses who called members of the community for backup instead of calling the Police, upon responding, members of the community assaulted the suspect with various objects until the Police arrived and rescued him.
The suspect is charged with attempted burglary and will appear before the local magistrate court soon. A case of assault was also opened against the mob, but there is no arrest yet pending Police investigations.
At Apel Cross in the Masemola policing area three suspected stock thieves were stopped and apprehended by a group of community members while transporting eight cattle in a van with a trailer.
The community brutally assaulted the suspects and further attempted to burn them alive with tyres until they were rescued by the Police who were conducting their patrol duties.
The injured suspects were taken to hospital with serious injuries and one in a critical condition for medical treatment. The suspects will later be processed accordingly in terms of the allegations of possession of suspected stolen stock against them.
Cases of assaults were opened against the mob, but there is no arrest yet.
“Members of community are warned to refrain from taking the law into their own hands, and the police must be given space to deal with any criminal act without them resorting to violence which is totally uncalled for “ concluded General Ledwaba.