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9 people have been arrested for Beating a Free State man to death.

According to Free State police, nine people were arrested on Tuesday after they allegedly sjamboked a man to death in QwaQwa.

According to Warrant Officer Mmako Mophiring, the group was arrested on Monday in the Kgoptjane section of Bolata Village in QwaQwa after allegedly beating a man to death. He was accused of stealing from them.

"It is alleged that on Monday, 3 January 2022, at approximately 17:00, Tseki police were summoned to a crime scene at Kgoptjane section, where the community reported a group of people assaulting a man." "When police arrived on the scene, they discovered the man lying on the ground near a primary school with multiple visible injuries, and he was pronounced dead by emergency medical services," he said.

According to an eyewitness, the man was at a residential area with his cousin when a group of people carrying sjamboks arrived and accused him of stealing their belongings. They allegedly began beating him until he passed out. An ambulance was called to the scene, and he was pronounced dead.

He identified the man as Themba Petrus Pali, 25, of the Semphurwaneng section of Bolata Village in QwaQwa.

The suspects were also found with sjamboks at the crime scene, and nine of them were arrested and detained."

They were scheduled to appear in Tseki Magistrate's Court on Wednesday, facing murder charges.

Lieutenant General Baile Motswenyane, the Free State provincial commissioner, stated that taking the law into one's own hands has never been a solution to crime in any society.

It does not give us the right to assault anyone suspected of committing a crime when patrolling our villages and self-initiated community patrollers. The individual must be apprehended and handed over to the police without being injured. Everyone is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. "I want to thank the police for making the arrests," she said.

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