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A suspected ATM card scammer has been battered and killed at by a mob at Lorraine village shopping centre near Tzaneen.
Police spokesman Moatshe Ngoepe who confirmed the incident, said the suspect, identified as Ndofaya Sipho Mhlongo, was caught while allegedly trying to con a bank user who was at the local shopping complex.
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IOL reports that the alleged ATM card scammer have been terrorising the community, prompting a violent response when residents caught him.
Ngoepe said the mob beat him to death. Police found his lifeless body at the shopping complex.
“Community members, who were queuing to take money at that ATM, allegedly noticed his fraudulent activities and they jointly caught him and severely beat him to death with various objects, including stones,” the police spokesman said.
Following the incident, police in Limpopo have warned against vigilantism, kicking against community members taking the law into their own hands.
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The police warned the community against attacking suspects, urging them to inform the police about any criminal incidents.
Investigations are ongoing, and as Ngoepe said those involved in mob justice would be made to face the law.
He added that the public should co-operate with the police to ensure suspects were arrested and appeared in court
As of the time of filing this report no arrest had been made but police are hopeful that the involved suspects from the group of community members will be identified.
There have been a series of crimes within Limpopo in recent times and the police have been criticised by members of community.
They complain that the increase of crime is as a result of the inadequacy of the force, adding that they are losing hope in the efficiency of the police to handle certain cases.
It would be recalled that a woman who is believed to be a manager at the Silver Mist resort, was killed at an equestrian farm in Haenertsburg.
The lady who was found under her bed, was reportedly murdered within the course of a robbery.
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