Man set alight in Mpumalanga mob justice

2013-09-10 23:30


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Johannesburg - A 30-year-old man was in a critical condition in hospital on Tuesday, after being set alight in a mob justice incident in Siyabuswa, Mpumalanga police said.

Police spokesperson Selvy Mohlala said a group of people kidnapped the man and tied him to a tree on Saturday.

They covered him with refuse bags, poured paraffin on him and set him alight.

"The man was rescued by police after they received information from concerned community members."

An attempted murder case had been opened.

No arrest had been made.

Mohlala said residents should not take the law into their own hands.

"The conduct of individuals taking the law into their own hands is defined as criminal and we warn the perpetrators of vigilantism to stop... this gruesome and illegal act.

"When crime is committed, the legal principle to embark on is to summon the police to attend the scene," he said.

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