Man injured, police car torched in 'mob justice'

2015-08-23 09:27
A police vehicle set alight. (Twitter)

A police vehicle set alight. (Twitter)

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Johannesburg - North West police came under attack on Saturday while rescuing a man being severely assaulted by an angry mob accusing him of a crime.

Police spokesperson Colonel Sabata Mokgwabone said police were trying to rescue the man from an enraged community near the Hartbeespoort Dam.

Some at the Ten Rooms Informal Settlement set alight a police vehicle as officers tried to rescue the man.

A backup vehicle was stoned and a burning tyre was thrown at it.

The tyre damaged the police vehicle but it did not catch fire.

An ambulance helped the injured man and took him to hospital where he is being treated for severe injuries.

None of the police officers were injured and nobody has been arrested.

In a statement, the North West Acting Provincial Commissioner Major General Jacob Tsumane condemned ''in the strongest possible terms the mob justice and damage to property incident'' that took place at around 16:40.

 “The community must understand and accept that while we need their support, the rule of law must be obeyed,'' Tsumane said.

''Damaging of properties is a criminal act and cannot be allowed.  The members of the community often complain about the service they get from the police, and burning of police vehicle is more of denying innocent communities of their deserved service which is likely to be affected by resources that were deliberately damaged as it happened with these cars”, said Tsumane.   

Mokgwabone said police were still verifying the allegations made against the man.

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