Murder-accused stoned, burnt to death

2012-01-23 12:00
Polokwane - A man from Thabanaswana Village in Sekgosese was burnt to death by members of his community, Limpopo police said on Monday.

Lieutenant Colonel Ronel Otto said Enock Ramalobela, 50, was stoned, beaten with sticks, doused with petrol and then burnt with a tire on Sunday night.

He was accused of murdering a 14-year-old girl.

His wife was also doused with petrol, but was rescued by police officers when they arrived at the scene.

The woman and her three children - two boys and a girl - were then rushed to a safe location, Otto said.

She said residents also attacked police and threw stones at their vehicles.

Mahlatse Mendy Ramalobela's body was found in a disused house last week. She went missing on October 10 while on her way to school.

Limpopo police commissioner, Lieutenant General Simon Mpembe, condemned the attack on the family and the subsequent murder, and warned members of the community against taking the law into their own hands.

“Should they [the community] have any information with regard to crimes being committed in their area, they are urged to contact the local police station, or call the complaints hotline number," he said.

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