The South African Police Service in Polokwane on Tuesday released a statement saying it had taken one person in for questioning in connection with the murder of 27-year-old Thoriso Themane, whose body was found dumped on Erasmus and Cestrum Avenue in Flora Park, Polokwane, at the weekend.
“It is alleged that on 24 February at about 9.50am, a 27-year-old man was found lying along the streets in the City of Polokwane by a community member.
“The victim was taken to hospital but certified dead on arrival. The police were summoned and started with the initial investigations which revealed that the victim was assaulted by a group of people in the area and one person is currently taken in for questioning.
“The motive behind this incident is not clear at this stage but the ongoing police investigations will tell,” said the SAPS in a statement.
A video of one of the alleged suspects has been circulating on social media, with South Africans calling for justice to prevail in the case that has shaken the Polokwane community.
In the video, a pupil who is taking the video asks another if he is happy that he killed someone, to which he replies in Sepedi: “I know you cannot do anything to my father.”
The video infuriated social media users, who vowed not to rest until justice was served, despite the suspect’s apparent protection.
Watch the video below. The person’s identity must be protected at this stage, and he is a minor. Note that you may have to manually activate the audio.
Furious South Africans took to social media to voice their anger towards the group of students who allegedly killed the man. The hashtag #JusticeForThoriso has been trending since.
The Polokwane community has called a meeting to be held on Wednesday at 6pm at the Flora Park Comprehensive Primary School to discuss how to move forward in the wake of the murder.
“We have learned with shock about the brutal murder of a young person in our ward. This incident which threatens our safe livelihood as residents is a sign that unless we stand up and unite in the fight against crime, our safety will be surrendered to criminals,” reads the invitation to the meeting.