Police are investigating the scene of a mass attack.
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- A 26-year-old man has died in a vigilance attack in Khuma near northwest Stilfontein.
- Victor Chauke was released on bail for burglary when residents were charged with theft and set on fire.
- His mother and friend were also burned after the group accused them of hiding Chauke, but they survived.
A 26-year-old northwestern man was burned to death in a vigilance attack after being charged with theft.
Victor Chauke, who was released on bail for bail, was reportedly burned to death around 9:00 a.m. Monday in Khuma near Stilfontein.
Police spokesman Brigadier General Sabata Mokgwabone said Chauke had been arrested in connection with two January burglaries and then released on bail.
According to the information available at this stage, the reports suggest that Chauke was attacked and set on fire by hitherto unidentified members of the community after being charged with theft.
He was declared dead on the spot.
Mokgwabone said residents also targeted Chauke’s 56-year-old mother and 33-year-old friend. He said the two of them were burned after being accused of hiding Chauke. They were seriously injured, ”Mokgwabone said.
They were taken to the local hospital.
“The house in which they live was partially burned while a police car was damaged during the incident. As a result, police are investigating cases of murder, attempted murder, arson and malicious damage to property,” Mokgwabone said.
Northwest Police Chief Sello Kwena is urging a thorough investigation “to expose those who committed these illegal and brutal mafia loves.”
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A northwestern man was burned to death after residents were charged with theft
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