Six suspects were arrested for a mob justice incident in February 2022, according to the South African Police Service. The incident resulted in the death of three people and the severe injury of one. These people were accused of committing crimes within the Sebokeng Village.
How were three people killed?
It is alleged that on 13 February, some community members from Sebokeng Village in Qwawqwa accused four people of the commission of a number of crimes. The community members caught all four of the alleged perpetrators. They were badly assaulted by the community members
Two of the alleged suspects died instantly at the scene. A third person later died at a local hospital. The fourth alleged suspect was severely injured but survived. Cases of murder and attempted murder.
The victims who passed away were 47-year-old Papi Motsapi, 31-year-old Lerato Mokoena and 31-year-old Moeketsi Noto. On 5 May, enough information was gathered regarding the people involved in the mob justice incident.
Six suspects are expected to appear in court soon
Six suspects aged between 20 and 30 years old were traced and arrested for mob justice. All six suspects are expected to appear at the Phuthaditjhaba Magistrate’s Court on Monday, 9 May. They will be facing three counts of murder and one count of attempted murder.
Free State Provincial Police Commissioner Lieutenant General BB Motswenyane condemned the mob justice attack. Motswenaye urged community members to have faith in the SAPS and the country’s justice system.
“Mob justice has never been and it will never be a solution to the fight against crime. We urge members of the community to have faith in our police and justice system for justice to prevail. I want to thank the police for tracing and arresting those alleged to have been involved in this gruesome act”,
Diepsloot: One killed in attack, after demand ‘to see passports’
Tensions have reached fever pitch in the Gauteng settlement of Diepsloot overnight after a man was murdered in an apparent mob justice attack. The victim has been named as Elvis Nyathi.
Protests have erupted in this part of the province, and locals say they are gatvol with high crime rates and large numbers of undocumented migrants. Operation Dudula leader Nhlanhla Lux arrived in Diepsloot on Wednesday, and his presence did very little to calm the rising tides of anger.
Over the weekend, seven people in the township – all believed to be South African nationals – were killed following an outbreak of violence. The community has been balanced on a knife-edge ever since, and Police Minister Bheki Cele visited the area yesterday. But his presence didn’t intimidate some lawbreakers.