The Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Nneke Ledwaba has today condemned in the strongest possible terms the mob-attacks and killings which occurred yesterday, 16 April 2017 in the late afternoon at Diphale Village in the Mecklenburg Policing area outside Lebowakgomo.
The Provincial Commissioner reiterated his call to all members of the community to refrain and stop taking the law into their own hands by attacking and killing suspected persons.
"We are calling on all community members to desist from acts of vigilantism and the so-called mob justice. The police will act mercilessly against anyone who participates in these violent activities" said the General.
He concluded by stating that, the police must be given the space to investigate any alleged offence and members of the community must only give support through quality and reliable information about any suspected persons on crime or to arrest and alert police immediately.
This condemnation comes after the allegation of murder and malicious damage to property where the local community have burnt and killed a woman who is around 40's and also burnt her double cab bakkie at the home of Andrew Kgopane who was killed last week.
Soon after this incident yesterday, the same community members have proceeded to another family where their house was set alight.
The motive behind these two incidents and the suspects are still unknown however police investigations are ongoing.
These two incidents followed an incident where Andrew Ntheke Kgopane 36 years who was walking on foot together with his girlfriend last week during the night was attacked by unknown suspects who fired several shots towards the couple, killing the male (36) instantly. The motive of this alleged attack is unknown. The girlfriend has escaped unharmed and there is no arrest. Police investigations are ongoing in this matter.
Source: South African Police Service