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Suspect dies after being tied to a pole and beaten by angry Kuyga mob

Aug 6, 2018
Suspect dies after being tied to a pole and beaten by angry Kuyga mob

Police in Port Elizabeth have issued a stern warning to local residents to refrain from taking the law into their own hands after a 33-year-old man from Kuyga, in Kabega Park, was apparently beaten to death by a mob over the weekend.

"This warning comes after a 33-year-old man was beaten to death during the early hours of Saturday morning," explained police spokesperson, Col Priscilla Naidu.

"The community alleged that Glenver Van Rooyen was found inside a vehicle and while waiting for police, about 150 people caught him and tied him to a pole.

"He was severely beaten and died in hospital."

She said that the complainant, in whose vehicle he allegedly broke into, declined to open a police case. However, police have opened a murder case for investigation.

"Responsible citizens report crime and do not carry out their own punishment no matter how angry they may be," said Mount Road SAPS Cluster Commander, Maj Gen Thembisile Patekile.

"The SAPS strives to serve and protect our citizens and will continue to uphold the rule of law and we will arrest any person/s who fail to act within the confines of the law."