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Limpopo Provincial Commissioner welcomes arrest of nine suspects and warns communities against GBV and vigilantism
2022/01/23

Media Statement
South African Police Service
Office of the Provincial Commissioner Limpopo

 

POLOKWANE - The Police Commissioner of the South African Police Service in Limpopo, Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe has welcomed the arrest of nine suspects following incidents of murder and revenge killing that took place on Saturday, 22 January 2022, at Rebone RDP Section near Steilop in the Gilead policing area.

The police in Gilead were alerted about mob justice incident at the said area and on their arrival at the scene, they found a middle aged woman lying in the yard having been severely assaulted. Police were further directed to another male victim who was lying on the floor unconscious inside the house. The medical personnel were then summoned and certified both victims dead on the scene. The victims were identified as John Mojela (28) and Grace Mongatane (52).

Police opened two counts of murder and immediately commenced with preliminary investigations which revealed that the 28-year-old male victim residing at the nearby village of Tauatswala, had visited his girlfriend when they allegedly got into an altercation. The mother apparently intervened and in the process, they both attacked the boyfriend and strangled him

Subsequent to the murder, an angry mob gathered at the said house and started attacking both mother and daughter and also burnt the house. The girlfriend and her siblings managed to escape but her mother was dragged to the back of the house where she was assaulted with stones and various objects. The suspects then fled the scene

A Team comprising various police units from the Waterberg District was immediately assembled and the suspects were arrested on the same day.

“Police will continue to deal decisively with community members who resort to acts of vigilantism and taking the law into their own hands,” said Lieutenant General Hadebe.

The eight suspects aged between 23 and 78 were arrested for the revenge murder of Grace Mongatane and her daughter was arrested for the murder of John Mojela. The eight are expected to appear in the Gilead periodical court on Monday, 24 January 2022 on charges of murder and arson, respectively. The 23-year-old suspect who was charged with the murder of her boyfriend, will also appear in the same court.

More arrests are expected and the Police are appealing to anyone with information to contact Sergeant Mammila Selolo on 072 444 0282 or the Crime Stop number 08600 10111 or the nearest police station.

Police investigations continue.

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