Limpopo police probe string of slayings

2016-09-11 20:08
SA police. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

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Johannesburg - Limpopo police are investigating a string of murders that occurred on Saturday night in close succession.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe said that shortly before midnight, a man was stabbed to death whilst trying to intervene in a scuffle at ga-Sekgopo Village outside Modjiadjiskloof.

"Aubrey Maribatse, 27, was trying to stop people who were fighting when he was subsequently stabbed with a sharp object in the chest and was certified dead on arrival at the clinic," Ngoepe said.

In the wake of his death, a mob of community members gathered and began trying to find his killer.

"They caught a 29-year-old man and started assaulting him with various objects until the police arrived and rescued him. He was certified dead on arrival at the local clinic," he said.

In an apparently unrelated incident, 29-year-old Joseph Mhlongo was stabbed to death at a tavern in Relela Village.

A man was arrested for the tavern stabbing and will appear before the Tzaneen Magistrate's court soon.

No arrests have been made in connection with the first two slayings.

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