The residents of Ngwanamatlang village in Jane Furse, Limpopo, assaulted a 35-year-old man from Lesotho believing he had killed his four-year-old son and buried the body in the yard.
The suspect allegedly suffocated the boy with a blanket and hid the corpse in a shallow grave while the child’s mother was staying in Gauteng.
“Community members saw the suspicious grave and questioned the suspect, who tried to run away from the community but he was traced and arrested,” provincial police spokesperson Brig Motlafela Mojapelo explained. “He was brought back to the scene, where he was forced to dig up the shallow grave and the decomposed body of his son was found.”
According to one of the eyewitnesses, the body scalded with boiling water had been placed in a mealie meal bag which was wrapped in a blanket.
“He said he didn’t know what got to him when he killed his son,” one of the residents advised.
Once the crowd saw the corpse, they started beating the suspect. He was saved by the police officers who had to transport the man to hospital.
The police investigate the murder. The motive is yet unknown.
The suspect is to appear in the Jane Furse Magistrates’ Court after he has recovered from the injuries sustained in the mob attack.