Tebogo Msimanga |
The Acting Provincial Commissioner of Police in Limpopo Major General Jan Scheepers has strongly warned community members who continue acts of vigilantism. This is after a 37-year-old woman, believed to be a Mashonisa, (loan shark) was brutally killed at Salema village in Saselamani policing precinct on Monday 11 April 2022 at about 22:10.
Limpopo Police Spokesperson Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo said the Police received a complaint about a vigilante incident at the said village in which a mob intended to burn the house of a 37-year-old woman believed to be a loan Shark.
“The Police rushed to the scene and discovered that the mob had tied the victim to her motor vehicle and dragged her to the bushes. The mob then started to throw stones at the Police while attempting to search for the victim.”
Mojapelo said the crowd was dispersed with the use of rubber bullets and the police managed to rescue the victim who was tied and dragged with a motor vehicle between Salema and Xikundu villages.
“Afterwards, the mob torched the victim’s house and damaged a Toyota car, both valued at R200.000. The victim was later transported to Malamulele Hospital but she subsequently succumbed to her injuries upon arrival.”
The victim was identified as Basani Portia Shuma .She was reportedly accused by the mob of being responsible for the disappearance of a local man who allegedly went missing two weeks ago.
Police have opened a murder, public violence, arson and malicious damage to property cases and a manhunt for the suspects had since been launched.