Mthatha Express

Police investigate arson after 49 homes torched in Port St Johns

accreditation
0:00
play article
Subscribers can listen to this article
Picture for illustration.
Picture for illustration.
Pixabay

Port St Johns police are searching for unidentified suspects who went on a rampage and burnt down several houses in Bhuje Village in Port St Johns on Sunday, January 15.

Police spokesperson, Brigadier Tembinkosi Kinana, said that about 49 homesteads were burnt, leaving scores of the villagers destitute.

“According to reports, the houses were set alight while the victims were sleeping at their home. Some of the homes were severely damaged. No injuries or fatalities were reported. However, in Tyeni, a nearby village, a 49-year-old man was shot and killed with a firearm. It is not clear at this stage if this particular incident is related to the arson attacks," Kinana said. 

He added that the motive for these attacks is still unknown. "Stock theft and ongoing faction fights cannot be ruled out."

“Cases of arson, murder and malicious injury to property have been registered for investigation. No arrests has been made at this stage.”

An establishment of a high level task team was ordered by Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Nomthetheleli Mene to track down and arrest the suspects responsible for the extensive damage and murder in the area.

"It is alleged that during the invasion the suspects also damaged the transformer in order to cut electricity and any other form of communication in the area. This created difficulty in communication for the police who were doing patrols in the nearby villages.

"Deployments continue to monitor and patrol the villages of Port St Johns in order to restore peace and stability."

Anyone with information that can lead to the arrest of the suspects can contact Colonel Mthengwa on 071 366 0017 or Crime Stop number on 08600 10111.

- ISSUED BY SAPS

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For 14 free days, you can have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today. Thereafter you will be billed R75 per month. You can cancel anytime and if you cancel within 14 days you won't be billed. 
Subscribe to News24
Voting Booth
What are your thoughts on the possibility of having permanent Stage 2 or 3 load shedding?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
I'll take that over constant schedule changes
13% - 1281 votes
Why are we normalising Eskom’s mess?
72% - 7159 votes
I've already found alternative ways of powering my home/business
15% - 1487 votes
Vote
Rand - Dollar
17.08
-0.2%
Rand - Pound
20.91
+0.9%
Rand - Euro
18.65
+0.5%
Rand - Aus dollar
12.10
+0.6%
Rand - Yen
0.13
-0.4%
Platinum
1,020.69
+0.9%
Palladium
1,651.58
-1.1%
Gold
1,912.75
-1.9%
Silver
23.45
-2.2%
Brent Crude
82.84
-3.2%
Top 40
73,629
-0.1%
All Share
79,802
-0.0%
Resource 10
74,686
-0.6%
Industrial 25
102,624
+0.1%
Financial 15
16,551
-0.0%
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes Iress logo
Editorial feedback and complaints

Contact the public editor with feedback for our journalists, complaints, queries or suggestions about articles on News24.

LEARN MORE