Vlaakfontein vigilantism acts condemned in strongest terms

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The remains of houses and a car which members of the community in Vlaakfontein torched last Wednesday evening after two suspected stock theft people were apprehended and assaulted.


VLAAKFONTEIN – Limpopo SAPS have condemned recent acts of vigilantism in Vlaakfontein outside Groblersdal, whereby members of the community in the village went on rampage last Wednesday evening at about 21:00, assaulted two suspects in stock theft crime and torched properties.

According to police, it is alleged that a group of community members went in search of the suspected stock theft people after one of the residents reported her six goats missing from a grazing field outside the village.

Police said subsequent to the search, two suspects were apprehended and one was assaulted with various objects.

L.t Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe, Limpopo Provincial Police Spokesperson, said the same mob proceeded to the suspects’ homes and torched to ashes four houses and a car.

Ngoepe said police were summoned, reacted swiftly and rescued the two suspects, one of whom was still recuperating in hospital with serious injuries under police guard while the second was detained in police cells.

“During the incident, the estimated damaged caused is at more than R200 000,” informed Ngoepe.

SAPS Provincial Commissioner L.T General Nneke Ledwaba has condemned the incidents in the strongest possible terms.

Ledwaba said members of the community must stop taking the law into their own hands, but if they had information about any suspected persons involved in crime, they must call police rather than to engage in heinous acts which are totally uncalled for.

Public order police have since been deployed in the area to monitor the situation since Wednesday evening following the incidents.

Police in Hlogotlou outside Groblersdal are still tracing the suspects on four counts of arson, malicious damage to property, assault GBH, attempted murder and public violence.

Ngoepe informed the paper that three suspects, aged between 23 and 41 years-old, were arrested between last Thursday and Friday in connection with the incident.

“We are still looking for others and we hope to make more arrests soon,” said Ngoepe.

The arrested suspects were expected to appear in court soon.





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