Ten people were killed in Port St. this past weekend. Johns in the Eastern Cape arrested in connection with an incident at the Mbabalane settlement in that area on Friday evening in which a mother and her son died. According to Brig. Tembinkosi Kinana, police spokesperson, relates the incident to botanic justice.
All ten suspects are currently being held at the Port St. Johns police station detained.
Kinana says the incident was apparently ignited after one of the victims (29) stabbed someone else at a local tavern.
This victim (of the double murder) was apparently attacked with sticks and died at the scene. His mother (57) tried to intervene to help her son and was shot dead in the process.
The police were called to the scene and have so far arrested ten suspects in connection with the two’s deaths. Cases of murder are investigated.
The incident is the second of its kind in a short time in the Eastern Cape.
Two young men were set on fire by members of the community in Bityi last week. Four suspects were arrested in connection with these men’s deaths and will remain in custody until their case is heard again on 12 April.
The police say they are concerned about the increase in cases where the community uses its own rights.
“We have warned people several times not to use their own rights. However, some blatantly ignore this warning. We therefore have no other choice than to arrest people who set a bad example in communities,” Lt. Gen. Nomthetheleli Mene, provincial police commissioner, said.
“Legislation must be observed in our province. Those who undermine it will have to bear the consequences.”
The ten suspects who were arrested in Port St. Johns were arrested, are all between 28 and 48 years old and will appear in the local magistrate’s court on April 11 on charges of murder.
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