In a brutal turn of events, a man who had set alight his girlfriend’s house with her 6-year-old son inside was caught and burnt to death by angry community members. The little boy was burnt beyond recognition.
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According to Reaction Unit SA (RUSA) spokesperson Prem Balram the drama allegedly started on Christmas in Trenance Park in KwaZulu-Natal.
“Residents said the man had an altercation with his girlfriend on Christmas afternoon before he stormed out of the wood and iron dwelling.
“His girlfriend opted to spend the night at a neighbors house while her son attended a Christmas function with her sister. The woman was unaware that the child returned and was in the house alone when her boyfriend returned later the same evening and set their home on fire. He then fled the scene,” Balram said.
THE COMMUNITY FOUND THE REMAINS OF THE CHILD
He said on Sunday morning, members of the community went in search of the man.
“After locating him in the Chubbies Garage area, they returned to the scene where he allegedly admitted to setting the house alight. He committed to rebuilding the home and replacing the damaged goods. Community members then began sifting through the debris when they located the child burnt beyond recognition.
‘THE MOB BECAME ENRAGED AND STARTED BEATING THE MAN‘
“The mob became enraged and began assaulting the man before they set him alight,” Balram said.
RUSA members responded to the area popularly known as 2B at approximately 10:27 on Sunday after receiving reports that a man was beaten to death and set alight by the community.
THE PARTIALLY NAKED AND BURNT BODY OF THE MAN WAS FOUND
“On arrival, Reaction Officers entered the informal area when the partially naked body of a male was discovered in the burnt remains of the informal home,” Balram said.
Police spokesperson Colonel Thembeka Mbele said the man was found with burn wounds on his body and was declared dead at the scene.
POLICE ARE INVESTIGATING THE MURDERS
Mbele said two cases of murder and arson were opened at Verulam for further investigation.
“The community is urged to refrain from taking the law into their own hands and let police continue doing their job by investigating and arresting the suspects involved in criminal activities.
“Community must ensure that they work with police by providing information. The community members who continue to commit such acts will face the might of the law, she concluded.