Mob justice takes its toll

LEPHALALE — Mob justice occurred in Martinique Village in the Villa Nora Policing area on Wednesday 28 August between 23:00 and 24:00.

According to Warrant Officer Frans Mokoena, Lephalale Police Cluster spokesperson, it is alleged that a resident of Martinique Village, Mr Mokgawa, woke up after he heard the noise of the bells around his goat’s necks. He went outside to investigate and saw an unknown person and a vehicle in his kraal.

The unknown person got in his car and drove away after which Mr Mokgawa pursued him with his car, but he could not catch up with the suspect vehicle.

He informed community members about the incident after a white 1400 Nissan bakkie loaded with goats was noticed near another house. Community members chased the Nissan bakkie, and the occupants were cornered and arrested.

In the meantime an Ethiopian national was assaulted by die community, but the police intervened in time before a tuck shop, where Ethiopian citizens were hiding, could be looted.

The injured people were taken for medical treatment, and others to Villa Nora SAPS for questioning.

WO Mokoena reported earlier this week that the situation was still tense because the community wants the foreigners to leave the area. They demanded to be addressed by the Stock Theft Unit, and about 100 people, including school learners, have converged on the side of the leading public road.

It was also reported that school learners looted the shops owned by foreign nationals.
Members from Public Order Policing (POPs) were called to the area.

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