Two men, a pastor and his nephew were tortured and subsequently killed in a possible revenge assault by the outraged people in April. It happened when Mpumalanga residents had found out that the pastor along with his relative had allegedly killed a pair of siblings.
A brother and sister, aged six and seven, were murdered and their bodies were discovered on April 24 in a ditch. The local residents accused the two men of being responsible for killing children and burnt them to death in the same area where the kids’ bodies had been previously found.
As Mpumalanga police reported, three men, aged between 35 and 47, and a 47-year-old woman are now to face trial at the Kabokweni Magistrates’ Court for burning the two men to death in their houses.
“The suspect, who is reportedly related to the young girls, claimed that on a fateful day he had taken the two victims and handed them over to some people, who then murdered them. Mokoena briefly appeared at the Kabokweni Magistrates’ Court for the murder of Sambo and was remanded in custody. He will reappear at the same court on Wednesday,” police spokesperson Colonel Mtsholi Bhembe stated.
Mpumalanga police will continue the investigation and more people are to be arrested in relation to this case.
The provincial commissioner of the South African Police Service in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Mondli Zuma, condemned the acts of vigilantism by the members of the community as they had the potential of having innocent people falling victims to the uncontrollable ire.