Police in Limpopo are on the look out for clues that can lead to the arrest of those involved in torching some properties in GaRapitsi.
The incident occurred on Thursday when a mob accused a 47-year-old businessman of murder.
His business premises, a home and vehicle, and livestock was killed.
Police spokesperson Brig Motlafela Mojapelo said: “It is alleged that a group of residents from this village torched the victim’s shop and one motor vehicle.”
“They proceeded to his house, burnt it and in the process killed some livestock, including chickens, goats and pigs,” spokesperson Brig Mojapelo.
The damage cost over R1m.
After the deed was done, the suspects then fled the scene.
“The residents allegedly accused the man of being responsible for the brutal murder of a young couple – Nius Malatjie, aged 21, and his 18-year-old girlfriend Lucia Malapane -whose bodies were found in their house with multiple deep [stab] wounds on Tuesday October 6,” he said.
Cases of arson and malicious damage to property have been opened by the police.
Provincial police commissioner Lt-Gen Nneke Ledwaba condemned the act termed mob justice.
He admonished residents to stop taking laws into their own hands.
He warned that “harsh steps” would be taken against the mob justice perpetrators.
He however appealed to community members who might have any information that can assist the police to let the police know instead of resorting to violence.
Investigations on both incidents are ongoing.
People with information have been urged to contact the police.
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