Cape Town – Police in North West remain on high alert after three men suspected of dealing in drugs were burned to death in Morokweng village, outside Vryburg in the Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati district.
In a statement, police spokesperson Brigadier Sabata Mokgwabone said the three men were inside a house when community members set it on fire on Tuesday.
“Reports suggest that members of the community went to a rented house at Ga-Mokgopha section where the three men lived. 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 chased and caught the men, who were accused of dealing in drugs. They were 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,” said Mokgwabone.
He said that a case with charges of kidnapping, murder and arson had since been registered.
“Investigation into the matter is still under way. No one has been arrested,” Mokgwabone said.
Provincial police commissioner Lieutenant-General, Sello Kwena condemned the murders.
“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 Kwena.
Compiled by Olwethu Mpeshe