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Top cop condemns mob justice

Acting National Commissioner of the South African Police Services Lieutenant General Jacob Tsumane has issued a stern warn warning to communities who take the law into their own hands.

This comes after two separate incidents of mob justice that led to the deaths of three males who were also set alight. In the first incident in Stinkwater, North of Pretoria, two males who were accused of being part of a card skimming syndicate that have been operating in the area were allegedly assaulted and set on fire by the community.

The commissioner instructed the provinces to investigate the incidents and arrest those implicated in the act. Tsumane said “Communities are the eyes and ears of the police and when there are people suspected of committing any criminal offences, the community is required to report those people to the police for further investigation.” “We will always act decisively and arrest those that commit these cruel attacks. We will not condone these kind of heinous crimes.

The community has to report any criminal activity to the police to investigate. No one is allowed to take the law into their own hands,” concluded Tsumane. In another incident in the Eastern Cape in Dindini area of Mbizana where the interim chief aged 49, was allegedly killed and burned by a group of people at his homestead.

The mob decided to go and take into their own hands after holding a meeting. Six suspects aged between 28 and 57 were arrested soon after the incident. The motive for the attack will form part of police investigation.

By Letlhogonolo Mosete
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