22 January 2021

Phuthaditjhaba: The 28 year-old man from Dithotaneng Village in Qwaqwa was allegedly killed during mob justice at Elite; near Phuthaditjhaba. He was allegedly chased from his residential place until he was found on top of the roof on certain house at Elite where he succumbed to his injuries.

It is alleged that on Thursday; 21 January 2021, Phuthaditjhaba police were summoned to a mob justice incident at Elite; near Phuthaditjhaba, with the preliminary complaint indicated that community members have arrested a suspect of housebreaking and are busy assaulting him.

The police reacted swiftly and on arrival, they found the body that was identified by family member as that of Petrus Molantoa; aged 28, lying on the main street of Elite with multiple head injuries and body bruises resulting from being inflicted with stones and sjambok.

The police also found a blood stained knife alleged to have been utilized by the deceased to stab one of the chasers.

It is further alleged that the victim was chased from Dithotaneng village where he allegedly committed housebreaking at the house. He was caught and assaulted, which resulted to his death.

A case of murder is being investigated.

“We urge members of community to refrain from taking law into their own hands but handover any suspected person who could have committed crime to the their local police without any harm. Every person is regarded innocent unity proven guilty before the court of law.” said the Free State Provincial Commissioner, Lt General Baile Motswenyane.

Any person with the information with regard to the incident can contact Phuthaditjhaba police on (058) 718-0895/6/7 or Crime Stop 08600 10111.