Liquor thief beaten to death

2012-04-03 12:32
Polokwane - Three men have been arrested for killing a suspected liquor thief in Burgersfort, Limpopo police said on Tuesday.

Prince Morowane, 29, was beaten to death on Sunday night after allegedly stealing thousands of rands worth of liquor from a bottle store in Mampuru village, said Lieutenant Colonel Mohale Ramatseba.

The 72-year-old shop owner and two other men, aged 29 and 31, beat him to death.

Ramatseba said they were arrested later on, but the community was not satisfied and went on the rampage, burning down the liquor store on Monday morning.

Damages was estimated at more than R500 000, said Ramatseba.

Nine people, aged between 18 and 25, had since been arrested for public violence and arson and were expected to appear in the Sekhukhune Magistrate's Court on Wednesday.

The three men charged with murder were expected to appear in the same court on Tuesday.

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