The community of Makushane, outside of Phalaborwa, took the law into their own hands when they hunted down a 27-year-old accused of slitting the throat of his 5-year-old cousin on Monday, the 6th of June.
In a brutal video shared with Bulletin, the 27-year-old suspect who was identified by the police as Kagiso Moyane, is seen tied with a rope around one of his legs and being brutally beaten with sticks and fists whilst being interrogated by the community.
According to police, they were hunting down Moyane, however, the community beat them to it as he was later found beaten and bruised before being transported to hospital, where he is reported to have succumbed to his injuries.
The Provincial Commissioner of Police in Limpopo, Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe, has since expressed her shock and sadness following the horrendous killing of Kgohlelelo Selowa, a 5 -year-old boy, allegedly by his elder cousin.
The police alleged that the child’s mother returned from work and when she didn’t find her two children at home, assumed they were playing at the neighbour’s house as was the case usually.
Dismayed after her eldest child returned, the mother started searching for Selowa with the assistance of the community. It was only after some time searching, that the distraught mother decided to check inside her nephew’s room, who was apparently residing a few houses away.
“She made the shocking discovery of the lifeless body of the child next to the basin. Police were immediately notified and upon arrival, the body was found with multiple stab wounds. A case of murder was opened and the police started with initial investigations. A knife and a sharp object believed to be the weapons used during the murder were found next to the body,” stated the Limpopo Provincial spokesperson, Brig Motlafelo Mojapelo.
Mojapelo also said that the police were later informed that the suspect was traced and attacked by community members. Upon arrival at the scene, they found him severely assaulted. He was rescued and taken to the hospital where he later died.
“I am saddened to learn about this horrendous and shocking Incident, especially when we just concluded Child Protection Week. Our children’s safety should always be a priority and on the same breath, I warn communities against taking the law into their own hands and urge residents to report crime to the police so that justice can be served,” concluded Lt Gen Hadebe.
Limpopo MEC for Social Development, Nkakareng Rakgoale, also weighed in on the matter and condemned the murder of Kgohlelelo Selowa. The MEC said that the incident was a set back to the effort which was being made by the Department of Social Development in teaching communities about the importance of protecting and caring for children.
“What is even worse is to see this incident happening a day after we concluded the National Child Protection Week, which is aimed at encouraging parents and other caretakers to always ensure that children are protected.,” she said.