Call it mob justice or terrorism? Yesterday South African Police Service (SAPS) recovered 6 bodies of young men between the ages of 21 and 27 believed to be victims of mob justice in Ndonga Administrative Arear in Ladyfere.
According to Police reports, the incident happened at around 17:45 (14 April) when local Police received a distress call of the massacre from a community member. Upon arrival Police discovered four young men who were burnt alive in an open veld.
In a string of events whilst Police were processing the crime scene another report came where two bodies were found hanging (Lynching style) in a nearby forest in Maqhashu Administrative area, which brought the number to six fatalities and one additional victim who sustained severe body injuries was rushed to the hospital.
South African Police Service (SAPS) Brigadier Thembinkosi Kinana confirmed that no arrests have been made and the motive of the massacre is still unknown.
“The motive for the killings is not known at this stage. However, the police have opened six cases of murder and one of an attempted murder for investigation. No arrest is made at this stage”, said Brigadier Kinana.
Following the massacres, Lieutenant General Ntshinga immediately activated a well-resourced intensive manhunt to ensure the arrests of the murder suspects within 72 hours.
“My forces are not going to sleep until these heartless criminals are found. We live in a country that is governed by the rule of law and therefore we cannot allow lawlessness and anarchy to rule with impunity within our communities”, said Lieutenant General Ntshinga.