North West man dies after being tied to a tree: Mob Justice

A 33-year-old man died after he was tied to a tree, and then assaulted with sjamboks and sticks, during a mob justice attack in Letlhabile, outside Brits, on Sunday.

He had been accused of stealing electric cables.

It is alleged the man was at home and sleeping at about 02:00, when a group of people forcefully opened a door and entered his house.

“Allegations further state that the victim was taken to a certain house, where he was tied to a tree and assaulted with sjamboks and sticks,” said police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Amanda Funani.

The victim’s son was then called to fetch his father.

The seriously injured victim was taken home, but Funani said the man was certified dead when the police and paramedics arrived.

On Monday, the police arrested Khotso Mabokoane, 25, Tonki Hlomelang, 39, and Maropeng Malatjie, 41, for kidnapping and murder.

“The accused appeared before the Brits Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday, 19 October 2021 for kidnapping and murder. They are expected to reappear in court on Monday, 25 October 2021, for a formal bail application,” said Funani.