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Three suspected drug dealers set alight by an angry mob

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The police are on high alert following an incident of mob violence by community members in Morokweng village, outside Vryburg.

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JOHANNESBURG – The police are on high alert following an incident of mob violence by community members in Morokweng village, outside Vryburg, in the Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati District.

It is alleged that members of the community on Tuesday burned down a house with three male residents inside, who they accused of selling drugs.

Some members of the community reportedly went to a rented house in Ga-Mokgopha Section, occupied by the three men.

The house was apparently pelted with stones by the angry mob, who were shouting for those inside to come out

While trying to escape, it is alleged that the victims stabbed and injured some of the community members.

The mob then gave chase and captured the three victims.

They were assaulted and taken back to the house. The mob set the house alight with the trio locked inside. All three men died from their burn wounds.

The victims are aged between 22 and 36.

It has been confirmed that the victims were, in fact, South Africans and not foreign nationals, as has been widely reported on social media and other news platforms.

A case with charges of kidnapping, murder and arson has been registered as a result of the incident.

Investigations into the matter are still under way and no arrests have been made.

Provincial police commissioner Lieutenant-General Sello Kwena is perturbed by the incident.

He said: “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.”

The police are maintaining a presence in the area to restore calm and order.

The police have also requested co-operation from the community and the community police forum (CPF), to assist them to find the perpetrators of the crime.

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