Police condemn violent public protests following arrest of vigilante murder suspects

The protesters between the ages of 18 and 35 were arrested in their homes after they barricaded the roads.  Image supplied. 

By Accra Maweya

Thohoyandou- Provincial commissioner of police in Limpopo Lieutenant General Nneke Ledwaba has condemned the actions of community members at Tshandama village outside Thohoyandou for staging a violent protest following the arrest of four (4) suspects in connection with the murder of three people on Tuesday last week.

The suspects between 18 and 35 were arrested in their homes on Monday and appeared in the Mutale magistrate’s court on Tuesday on three counts of murder. Their cases were postponed until next Thursday for bail applications.

The four were arrested in their different homes after an intensive investigation by the police following from an incident where three people were hunted down and assaulted by community members for being responsible for crimes in their area.

After the arrest, on Monday community members mobilized themselves and started blocking roads in the area. Lieutenant Ledwaba warned that any person arrested for committing a crime, will have to go through the due process regardless of the circumstances. More arrests are expected as police investigations are still ongoing.