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Four arrested after community sets man accused of wife’s death alight

Four arrested after community sets man accused of wife’s death alight

Police say angry community members set the man's house on fire before turning on him. Picture: Limpopo SAPS

Police say they expect to make more arrests in the matter as their investigations continue.

Police in Limpopo have arrested four suspects after a 64-year-old man from Ngove village in Giyani was the victim of mob justice meted out on Wednesday night.

Police spokesperson, Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe said Limpopo police commissioner Lieutenant General Nneke Ledwaba, has welcomed the arrest of the suspects aged between 36 and 41.

“The arrests emanated after the community members allegedly went on a rampage after the body of a 60-year-old Phosa Egnes Maswanganyi, who went missing on Tuesday, 27 October 2020, was discovered hanging from a tree in the nearby bushes.

“The residents then accused the deceased’s husband and his friend of being involved in her disappearance and her death. Subsequent to that, they torched the husband’s two house and thereafter set him alight. He was badly injured and taken to hospital for medical treatment.

Ngoepe said the Giyani Police and the Public Order Police Unit responded to the scene, but by the time they arrived the crowd had already moved to another house, which they tried to set alight as well.

“The Police responded swiftly and managed to stop them,” he said.

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Cases of arson and attempted murder were opened and police immediately started with investigations which resulted in the arrest of the four suspects, Ngoepe said.

The suspects are expected to appear in the Giyani Magistrate’s Court soon, he added.

Ngoepe said though the area was calm, the Public Order Unit is still monitoring the area, adding that police expect to make more arrests as investigations continue.

Police urge anyone with information that can lead to the arrest of the remaining suspects to contact Colonel Robert Mudau on 082 729 0351 or the crime stop number 0860010111 or the nearest police station or MySAPSApp.

Ledwaba said: “Police will continue working hard to ensure those who take the law into their own hands are arrested and face the full might of the law.”

(Compiled by Makhosandile Zulu)

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