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Limpopo TVET lecturer burnt to death following mob attack

WENDY MOTHATA

A TVET college lecturer in Lebowakgomo, Limpopo, was on Saturday attacked and burnt to death by unknown suspects while transporting goats.

The man was accused of stealing goats.

The 43-year-old college lecturer, Siphiwe Zondo, bought goats at Ga-Mphahlele village.

According to the police, Zondo was stopped and pulled outside of his vehicle by a rampaging mob, accusing him of stock theft.

The Limpopo police have since launched a manhunt for the suspects.

The police urged the public to come forward with any information relating to the murder of the TVET college lecturer.

Recently, four men were also burnt to death in Phalaborwa, Limpopo, after they were suspected of burglary.

Meanwhile, the Democratic Alliance (DA) in Limpopo has condemned the latest mob killing the college lecturer.

“The Democratic Alliance (DA) in Limpopo strongly condemns the latest mob killing in Lebowakgomo on Saturday. He was severely assaulted and burnt to death in his bakkie,” said DA Provincial Spokesperson on Transport and Community Safety, Katlego Suzan Phala.

Phala said that they are concerned about the sudden spike in mob justice killings in the province.

This year alone, 10 victims brutally fell to the hands of mob justice in the province.

“The DA has sympathy with frustrated communities who do not feel safe in their own homes and whose property are at risk, but we call on communities not to take the law into their hands. We do believe that lack of police visibility and the lack of police stations in rural villages contribute to incidents of mob justice in our province,” said Phala.

On 10 June 2022, the DA wrote to the Police Commissioner, Lt. Gen. Thembi Hadebe, to provide them with a report on mob justice acts in the province and the measures put in place to prevent such incidents, “we have yet to receive a response.”

“The DA hopes the newly appointed MEC for Community Safety and Transport, Polly Boshielo, will show
more interest, than her predecessor, in holding the police accountable to protect and serve the people
of Limpopo.”

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