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Police remain on high alert following the brutal murder of three men


Media Statement
South African Police Service
Office of the Provincial Commissioner North West

POTCHEFSTROOM - Police in the province remain on high alert following an incident in which some members of the community in Morokweng village outside Vryburg in the Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati District, allegedly set alight a house with three men inside on Tuesday afternoon, 24 May 2022.

Reports suggest that some members of the community went to a rented house at Ga-Mokgopha Section where  the three men stayed. The house was allegedly pelted with stones and in the process of escaping the attack, the victims allegedly stabbed and injured some of the attackers. The group then chased and caught the men who were accused of dealing in drugs. They were then taken back to the house which was eventually set alight with the trio inside. The victims aged between 22 and 36, burnt and died in the house. As a result, a case with charges of kidnapping, murder and arson was registered. Investigation into the matter is still underway. No one has been arrested.

The Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Sello Kwena is perturbed by the incident. "What happened in Morokweng is inhumane, totally unacceptable and must be condemned. No human being should be subjected by another to any kind of brutal attack irrespective of the nature of the accusation. I would like to reiterate that taking the law into one's hands is unlawful and those who are perpetrating such acts, will be dealt with accordingly,” said Lieutenant General Kwena.

Police are maintaining presence in the area to restore order and members of the community are urged to remain calm and to work with the police through Community Police Forum (CPF) to ensure that those who are behind these appalling acts are brought to book.


Brigadier Sabata Mokgwabone
082 496 9642