15 N West vigilantes arrested

2012-02-04 22:45
Johannesburg - Fifteen people were arrested after they allegedly set fire to a local businessman's cars and broke down a wall at his home in the Ntsweletsoku village in Lehurutshe, North West police said on Saturday.

Spokesperson Thulani Ngubane said local residents had accused the man on Friday of being involved in a ritual murder after a body was found next to his business premises.

"It is alleged that close to 350 angry community members... gathered and held a meeting in a play ground and after the meeting they went to the business premises," Ngubane said.

"The community members allegedly set fire to two vehicles, a bakkie and a car, and damaged the property of the man they accused of murder.

"They also destroyed a wall and broke windows of business premises."

The body of 54-year-old Basimane Kgatwe was found on January 31.

Two men have already been arrested for his murder.

The 15 will appear in the Lehurutshe Magistrate's Court on Monday.

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