SHONGOANE — Two men were “attacked” by community members in a mob justice incident in Shongoane 1 on Saturday 7 January. According to Warrant Officer Frans Mokoena, Lephalale SAPS spokesperson, the community accused them of house breaking.
WO Mokoena says the two suspects admitted to community members and the police that they stole other people’s property. They apparently also pointed out who they stole from, what they stole and where. Mokoena says they said the stolen property was kept in a house in Steve Biko and a Zimbabwean citizen was looking after the stolen goods.
The police were taken to this house but the Zimbabwean man denied that the stolen goods were kept there. Mokoena says the police searched the house for the alleged stolen goods but nothing was found.
The two suspects were released because, although they admitted that they committed house breaking and were in possession of stolen goods, nothing could be found. The Zimbabwean citizen was arrested for being in the country without a legal passport.
Mokoena confirmed that the case was handed over to Crime Intelligence for further investigation.