North West police have condemned the Morokweng mob attack that resulted in the deaths of three males accused of dealing drugs.
Morokweng mob attack: Police in search of suspects
In a statement, Brigadier Sabata Mokgwabone confirmed the incident took place in the village situated near Vryburg on Tuesday afternoon.
According to police, a mob of disgruntled residents descended upon a rental home at the Ga-Mokgopha section of the village to confront three men believed to be drug dealers.
Things quickly escalated into chaos when the mob pelted rocks at the home. In the midst of escaping an intense confrontation, “the victims allegedly stabbed and injured some of the attackers.
“The group then chased and caught the men who were accused of dealing in drugs. They were then taken back to the house which was eventually set alight with the trio inside,” Brig Mokgwabone revealed.
Police confirmed the victims were aged between 22 and 36, and preliminary findings on their cause of death suggest they were alive when they were torched inside the house.
The Morokweng mob attack was wholly condemned by provincial commissioner Lieutenant-General Sello Kwena.
“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,” he said.
North West police have opened charges of kidnapping, murder and arson were registered against the perpetrators responsible for the fatal torching.
At the time this article was published, no arrests had been made.
“Police are maintaining presence in the area to restore order and members of the community are urged to remain calm and to work with the police through Community Police Forum (CPF) to ensure that those who are behind these appalling acts are brought to book,” Mokgwabone added.