Seven die in ‘bogan violence’


The police in Mpumalanga are concerned about numerous incidents of boondocking that have resulted in deaths. This comes after seven people were killed in four separate incidents on Wednesday in the Ehlanzeni district.

Two persons were found dead in a pool of blood after being attacked by a group and suffering various injuries. Their bodies were found on Wednesday morning around 11:30 at Mjejane (Hectorspruit) near Komatipoort, says col. Donald Mdhluli, spokesperson for the police.

Meanwhile, a 28-year-old victim, who suffered several injuries, was found dead in Marite at Ga-Behereni near Bosbokrand. The victim was allegedly attacked by members of the community. Stones, bricks and sticks were found next to the man’s body.

A 33-year-old victim died of his injuries in Lydenburg after he arrived at a hospital around 19:30 on Wednesday evening. According to allegations, he was attacked by a group of people at the Lydenburg taxi rank.

The police in Komatipoort were called to Mjejane on Wednesday evening after another boondocking incident. Three people were set on fire by members of the public. Their vehicle and trailer were also set on fire. The police are trying to determine if the incident is possibly related to the incident earlier in the day in the same area.

“The police appreciate efforts where the community works hand-in-hand with the police to make sure suspected criminals are prosecuted after thorough investigation. However, the SAPS strongly condemns incidents where people take the law into their own hands.”