Police in Nelson Mandela Bay are warning communities that there is no justification whatsoever for acts of mob justice, and perpetrators of such crimes will face the full might of the law.
This warning is issued following the murder and kidnapping of a Motherwell man on Friday, December 2.
It is alleged that Sinethemba Siko was at his home in Motherwell NU 11 when at about 21:30, four men entered and accused him of stealing two cell phones, a cable and toiletries.
Police spokesperson, Col. Priscilla Naidu, said that the deceased was assaulted and taken away. He was later brought back and dropped off at his house. He was already dead at the time.
"Shortly after the matter was reported, a 23-year-old man was arrested and detained on charges of murder and kidnapping. He will appear in the Motherwell Magistrate's Court on Monday, December 5," she said.
Nelson Mandela Bay District Commissioner, Maj. Gen. Vuyisile Ncata, is warning communities that mob justice is not a solution and will not be tolerated.
"Every citizen must abide by the law and inform police of any suspect(s) or call the police if you (the community) managed to arrest an alleged suspect in order to avoid any further criminal acts through mob justice," Ncata said.