Premier condemns Rustenburg mob killings

2014-02-11 07:28
Premier Thandi Modise (Dudu Zitha, City Press)

Premier Thandi Modise (Dudu Zitha, City Press)

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Johannesburg - North West Premier Thandi Modise on Tuesday condemned the mob killings of three people in the Freedom Park informal settlement in Rustenburg.

Modise said vigilantism created a cycle of violence.

"We condemn, in the strongest terms possible, vigilantism as it leads to lawlessness and revenge attacks by persons who feel aggrieved by the actions of those who conduct kangaroo courts and give themselves the roles of judges and executioners," she said.

On Monday, police reported that two men were shot and injured at a tavern at the weekend, allegedly by two Lesotho nationals.

A mob caught one of the Lesotho men and took him back to the tavern where he was then burnt alive, said Brigadier Thulane Ngubane.

The second Lesotho man was also caught, stripped naked and murdered.

"Both foreigners were found with stab wounds," Ngubane said.

Hundreds of people then went to the residence of a local businessman who they suspected had been harbouring the two Lesotho men and other criminals.

"The crowd allegedly looted his shop, burnt his properties including a house as well as vehicles, and killed him," said Ngubane.

Several shacks were also torched.

Police deployed to the scene retrieved a firearm with live ammunition and a spent cartridge casing from the crowd.

No arrests had been made.

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