An alleged shoplifter died after being stoned and set on fire outside Lichtenburg in the North West on Monday.
Police spokesperson Sabata Mokgwabone said police received a complaint about a business robbery at a candy store in Barkerville at about 07:45 yesterday. According to information received, the shop owner only unlocked the store when several suspects stopped him.
The suspects allegedly robbed the owner of cell phones and cash before fleeing in a white Toyota Corolla.
Members of the community heard the owner shouting, after which they pursued the suspects.
According to Mokgwabone, at this stage, it is alleged that members of the community stopped one of the suspects in the road, which was not far from there. They stoned him and set him on fire.
The incident was also captured on camera and distributed on social media platforms.
“When police responded to the business robbery charge and arrived at the scene, they were confronted by violent community members who allegedly set fire to the suspects’ vehicle,” Mokgwabone explained.
Two of the suspects, aged 37 and 46, respectively, were arrested. A search for the other suspects continues.
According to Mokgwabone, a separate case of murder was opened and no one has been arrested yet.
Provincial Police Commissioner Baile Motswenyane condemned the incident of domestic violence.
She warned the public that it is illegal to take justice into their own hands and that such incidents will not be tolerated.
“The public must understand and accept that although we need their support in the fight against crime, the rule of law must always be enforced and obeyed. Taking someone’s life is a criminal act and punishable by law. The incident of housing violence that took place in Bakerville on Monday cannot be allowed, ”Motswenyane said.