MOB JUSTICE: Father(36) of 7-Yr-Old Girl Arrested after Vigilante Murder of Innocent Man
Media Statement issued by the Eastern Cape Media Centre
Corporate Communication and Liaison
South African Police Service
Motherwell: The 36-year-old father of the 7-year-old girl has been arrested yesterday for the alleged murder of the 52-year-old male who was suspected of raping the father's daughter.
On 19 January 2019 at about 22:50 the 52-year-old Mava Fundakubi was severely assaulted in De Vos Crescent, Shukushukuma, Motherwell after it was suspected by community that he raped a 7-year-old girl. While the
girl and her mother was at the Motherwell Health Centre, the 52-year-old male was taken into the street and assaulted to death by a large group of persons.
Police investigators did however establish that no rape took place and a search for the killers of Mr Fundakubi ensued.
The 36-year-old father of the 7-year-old girl handed himself over to police yesterday claiming that he approached Mr Fundakubi at his house and that he assaulted Mr Fundakubi in the street while being joined by other persons.
He was arrested and charged for the murder while police are continuing to identify and search for the accomplices.
The Motherwell Cluster Commander, Major General Dawie Rabie has repeated his warning to community that vigilantism or (mob justice) will not be tolerated. "An innocent man was killed by community based on a rumour and did not even wait to verify the truth of it. We are urging our communities to give information of suspected crimes to the police and not to take the law into their own hands. I am urging our community to identify these killers in order for the law to be enforced and these murderers to be brought before court."
The Cluster Commander, Major General Rabie also added that our communities should form closer ties with their Community Police Forums (CPF) and "Our community leaders, our local councillors and religious leaders are the influencers on community ground levels. We are urging these leaders to play their part in leading and influencing the community not to take the law into their own hands but to work closer with the police."
Captain Andre Beetge
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