03 January 2021
Nomazulu Moyo / Pretoria LIVE
JOHANESBURG – SAPS in Masisi outside Thohoyandou on Tuesday arrested 19 suspects in connection with the brutal murder of four men during a mob justice incident.
The community members accused the deceased of being involved in the disappearance of a 35 year old man.
“This came after community members accused the deceased of being involved in the disappearance of Gumani Makhesha aged 35 who was reported missing last week, on 25 January 2021 after he allegedly visited relatives in the Makuya policing area. A missing person file was opened at Makuya Police Station and police are still continuing with the search operation and investigations,” said Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo.
Mojapelo further said that, “In addition to that, the community members mobilised and later went to the homestead of the local traditional healer where they torched his house and two motor vehicles, accusing him of being responsible for the disappearance of Gumani. They then took the traditional healer, his son and two other persons and forcefully dragged them to the bushes where they stoned and burned them beyond recognition.”
The deceased persons have been identified as Mutshutshu Munyai (59),a traditional healer,
Mushanganyisi Munyai (24), the traditional healer’s son,
Maphanda thakhani (26) and
Mudzhelele Muvhango (38).
The Provincial Commissioner of Police in Limpopo Lieutenant General Nneke Ledwaba has commended the members for their swift response in arresting the suspects.
“Members of the community should work closely with the police at all times and report crime to their respective Police stations and desist from taking the law into their own hands, ” concluded General Ledwaba.
The Public Order Police (POPs) unit was activated and assisted the local police in tracing the suspects.
Meanwhile, the suspects aged between 27 and 37 are expected to appear at the Musina Magistrates Court soon facing four counts of murder, arson, malicious damage to property and public violence.