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Men abducted, brutally killed by mob after Motherwell woman found murdered

Feb 15, 2019
Men abducted, brutally killed by mob after Motherwell woman found murdered

Police in Port Elizabeth have again warned residents against taking the law into their hands following the brutal murders of two young men early on Friday morning.

"At about 02:30, Motherwell police were alerted by the family of the first deceased that a group of people abducted a 23-year-old man and another man from his home in Mtanezulu Street, NU11, Motherwell, Port Elizabeth," said police spokesperson, Captain Andre Beetge.

"They also told police that the group took them into the bushes near Shuku Shukuma."

When police arrived at the location, they found the burning body of 23-year-old Andile Mtana.

"At about 08:00, the body of the second male was found in the same vicinity of the bushy area about one kilometre further," he said.

"It is speculated that the possible motive for the killings is that the community suspected them of the murder of a 60-year-old woman, whose body was discovered early on Thursday morning."

Suspects killed after 60-year-old woman found murdered and possibly raped

Capt Beetge said that both males were bound with wires, killed and burned with tyres.

"The second male's identity still needs to be confirmed."

He said that police believe the mob justice incident was sparked by the murder of 60-year-old Ms Nomathemba Goliath, whose body was found on Thursday, at 07:00 in her house in Mbayisa Street, Shuku Shukuma.

"Police suspect that she was murdered by suffocation with a towel as well as possibly being raped."

He, however, said that these vigilante murders follow just two days after the very same community was addressed on the same topic during an awareness imbizo that was conducted at the Motherwell NU30 community hall.

Mob justice incident condemned by Motherwell police

During this imbizo, Motherwell Cluster Commander, Major General Dawie Rabie, strongly condemned the vigilante killings.

"Any person suspected of a crime remains constitutionally innocent until proven guilty in a Court of Law," Capt Beetge said.

"We call on our communities to respect the Constitutional rights of all citizens and work closer with police and structures such as the Community Police Forums and Sector Policing Forums by sharing information with police on suspects rather than taking the law into their own hands.

"Persons taking part in vigilante killings (mob justice) immediately becomes killers themselves."

General Rabie further stated that the SAPS will not tolerate these murders and will arrest and institute murder prosecution against such persons.

"SAPS cannot allow a community to transform into killers and to take the law into their own hands," he said.

Any person with information that could assist police in these investigations can contact Detective Warrant Officer Kaya Makaula at 071 687 1976.

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