Four ‘mob leaders’ charged with murder

2015-11-20 07:56
PHOTO: sourced Four men appeared in the Maluti Regional Court in Matatiele on a charge of murder on Wednesday.

PHOTO: sourced Four men appeared in the Maluti Regional Court in Matatiele on a charge of murder on Wednesday.

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FOUR men appeared in the Maluti Regional Court in Matatiele on a charge of murder on Wednesday.

Sibonile Cekiso (30), Sipho Mabea (32), Nduku Msebenzi (24) and Tiisetso Pakkies (39) from Kwa Makhoba village in Matatiele, are allegedly the leaders of a mob that assaulted a 20-year-old man, which led to his death, in August.

Matatiele police spokesperson Lieutenant Raphael Motloung said the deceased had been suspected of breaking into St Matthews Junior Secondary School.

“There was break-in at St Matthews on 15 August, groceries meant for the feeding scheme for pupils were stolen, but community members managed to trace the suspect and found him in a nearby village with some of the stolen groceries.

“A mob of people apprehended him and beat him severely. They then put him in a wheelbarrow and took him to the nearby Afsondering Police Station,” Motloung said.

He said the police, seeing he was in a bad condition, called an ambulance, but he died before he could be taken to hospital.

“More people are likely to be arrested in connection with this. We urge communities not to take the law into their own hands as they will be prosecuted.

“The public has a right to apprehend a suspect and hand him over to the police, but assaulting him is a criminal offence.”

The case has been postponed to 1 December.

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