Tavern murder suspect rescued from Mob justice

Tlokwe: The South African Police Service in Potchefstroom apprehended a murder suspect after he was saved by an off duty police officer from a mob of community members. The incident took place at Kopano Tavern in the Central Business District (CBD) on Monday September 07.

According to police statements the suspect allegedly met with the victim, 20 year old Vincent Letlojane, his girlfriend and a friend when an argument ensued. The scuffle led to the suspect taking out a knife and stabbing Letlojane repeatedly on the chest. After the incident a furious group of community members attacked the suspect, when the off duty police officer rescued him and called the police and paramedics. He was taken to the hospital for medical attention and was expected to appear in the Potchefstroom Magistrates’ Court as soon as he was discharged.

Violent crimes seem to be rearing their ugly head as lockdown movements are eased. In another unrelated case a 27 year old woman was due in the Moretele magistrate’s court on Wednesday September 9 for the murder ofher boyfriend’s suspected side chick. The women allegedly stabbed Christinah Ditsele with a knife on the chest.This after she had an argument with her boyfriend accusing him of cheating with Detsele; the man fled the scene after seeing the knife. The suspect then attacked Ditsele. The suspect was arrested on Monday September 07 near Brits and charged with murder.

The North West Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Sello Kwena thanked the member for his bravery and urged members of the community to work with the police in fighting crime and not to take the law into their own hands as well as to solve their differences in a non-violent fashion.

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