Ward councillor arrested

Fever Reporter

A MATATIELE Local Municipality councillor and three community members, aged between 31 and 50, have been arrested for allegedly beating a 28-year-old man accused of stealing in Mahangu­ village in Khoapa near Matatiele on Tuesday.

The councillor, whose name is being withheld because he has not pleaded in court, is charged with taking the law into his own hands.
Police spokesperson, Raphael Motloung confirmed the incident.
“It is alleged that community members, including the councillor, met at a certain spot in the village and searched for the victim who was accused of stealing livestock.
“When they found him, they allegedly beat him with sticks and sjamboks, before he managed to escape,” said Motloung.

According to police, the man sustained multiple injuries and was rushed to Matatiele Hospital.

Motloung warned people not to take the law into their own hands, they must instead report suspects to police.
On Wednesday, community members gathered outside Maluti Magistrate’s Court in solidarity with the arrested councillor and his co-accused. They appeared in court yesterday.

Matatiele Local Municipality Speaker Nomasomi Mshuqwana said police informed her about the arrest of the councillor.
“I am attending a conference in Mount Frere so I cannot give details on what steps the municipality will take against the councillor,” said Mshuqwana.

Last Month, Fever published a story about community members picketing outside the Maluti Magistrate’s Court demanding the arrest of criminals who are involved in the murder of a seven-year-old girl, whose body was found on March 2, 2014 in the village.
People also want police to do thorough investigations and arrest those who terrorise women and children. The community also vow to fight crime alone by searching for stolen goods in the village without the backup of police.

 

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