Monday, 22 June 2020
Heidedal: Three suspects; two males and a female aged 21, 27 and 36, were arrested for the murder of a 17 year old male. They will appear today, Tuesday; 23 June 2020, at the Bloemfontein magistrate court.
Members of Heidedal SAPS were on patrol near Rembrandt Crescent; Heidedal, on Sunday; 21 June, when they saw two males assaulting and dragging the deceased. Upon enquiry, suspects told the police that the deceased had been assaulted by members of the community on allegation that he had attempted to rape a girl in Opkoms location in Heidedal.
The deceased died on the scene. A third suspect was arrested later.
Rembrandt Crescent is a few kilometers behind Heidedal police station. We have reason to believe that the deceased had been dragged from Opkoms in the direction of the police station, presumably to hand him over to the police.
The detectives are currently establishing if more suspects were involved. The nature and extent of injuries cannot be ascertained at this stage.
The Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Baile Motswenyane strongly condemn acts of mob justice, and urged the community to work with the police in resolving crime related issues.
A case of murder is being investigated at Heidedal SAPS.