A business robbery and brutal killing of a Somalian national left the community of Hercules, in Pretoria, enraged, leading to mob justice that left two perpetrators dead on Tuesday.
This after four men entered a shop in Gomorrah informal settlement by cutting open the corrugated-iron roof. A Somalian man had his hands and legs tied up, and the robbers fled with an undisclosed amount of money before setting the shop alight.
“It is alleged that a neighbour was woken by someone who reported the fire. They went to assist to extinguish the fire and discovered a man tied up and critically injured. He later died in hospital,” police spokesperson Captain Bonginkosi Msimango said.
The angry community mobilised to search for the robbers involved in the brutal killing and found one of the four suspects, he said.
“They assaulted him, and he led them to Zama Zama informal settlement, where the other suspects were. He then went to the hospital but succumbed to his injuries,” Msimango said.
He said the second suspect was stoned to death in the nearby mountains. The community then burned a shack, believed to belong to the third suspect, who managed to flee.
“Police found the fourth suspect who was arrested. A case of business robbery and murder are investigated.”