A 53-year-old Limpopo Man was brutally killed in a Mob justice attack on Sunday, 16 April at Humulani Village in Lulekani outside Phalaborwa.
Police at about 12:00 responded to a complaint of assault at the Maphuthuma hospital in Namakgale, Mopani District. Upon arrival, they found the victim with severe injuries throughout his body.
VICTIM KILLED IN MOB JUSTICE
Unfortunately, the victim later succumbed to the injuries. He was identified as Mozambican national Andries Zitha aged 53.
A case of murder was then opened and police commenced with the investigation. Preliminary investigations revealed that the victim was brought to the hospital by a group of livestock owners. They allegedly assaulted him after they accused him of stealing and killing their livestock.
Police conducted further investigation and cow meat believed to be from the stolen livestock was recovered at the deceased’s homestead and in the bushes. A case of stock theft was consequently opened against the deceased.
The Provincial Commissioner has ordered the District Commissioner of Mopàni Major General Willy Mashavha to establish a task team. To hunt down all those responsible and bring them to book.
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“Police will be merciless in dealing with any person who takes the law into their own hands. Attacking people they suspect of being criminals. Community members are urged to desist from these attacks and should instead call the police to effect arrests,” said Lieutenant General Hadebe.
Police appeal to anyone with information that can lead to the arrest of the suspects to contact the Branch Commander Captain Shadrack Dlamini on 082 468 8639. Call the crime stop number 0860010111.