Date: 06 May 2022
Thabo Mofutsanyana District Detective, Namahadi Detective, and Phuthaditjhaba Crime Intelligence led an intelligence-driven tracing operation that generated very favourable findings. Three people accused of committing crimes within the Sebokeng Village were killed and one was badly injured in February 2022 by mob justice. Suspects, which include a woman, were arrested.
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According to reports on the 13th of February 2022, some residents of Sebokeng Village in Qwaqwa allegedly accused four people of committing numerous crimes in the region. They tracked down and apprehended all four of them, then brutally assaulted them. Two of the victims died on the spot, and the third died later at a local hospital. The fourth individual escaped with serious injuries. Murder and attempted murder cases were opened and investigated.
Papi Motsapi (47), Lerato Mokoena (31), and Moeketsi Noto (31) died as a result of their injuries that were as a result of the .bural assault.
Six suspects, aged 20 to 30, including a woman, were traced and detained for mob justice on 5 May 2022, after information about the people involved was acquired.
On Monday, May 9, 2022, all six accused are scheduled to appear at Phuthaditjhaba Magistrate Court, where they will face three counts of murder and one count of attempted murder.
"Mob justice has never been and will never be a viable solution to the crime problem. For justice to prevail, we need community people to have faith in our police and justice systems. I want to express my gratitude to the police for locating and apprehending people suspected of being engaged in this heinous crime ", said Lt Gen BB Motswenyane, the Free State Provincial Commissioner.
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