06-07 at approximately 06:00 police were called to a scene at Freedom park in Lwandle where they encountered three males who were allegedly set alight by the members of the community. It was alleged that they robbed one member of the community of a cellphone and cash. The victim then pointed out the suspects to the members of community who then beat and subsequently burnt them with tyres. The males aged between 18 and 23 succumbed to death and police opened three counts of murder. Sterling Police investigation led to the arrest of five suspects on Tuesday morning at approximately 02:00 in relation to this incident. The five suspects aged between 22 and 38 are expected to appear in Strand Magistrate Court on Wednesday 2015-06-10.
The arrest is a clear indication that there is trust between the police and the community. Police would like to thank the community for the information they provided that led to the arrest of the suspects. We further discourage the acts of this nature in our communities and people should refrain from taking law into their own hands. Lwandle SAPS have had successful convictions in the past as a result of the positive information received from the community. We recently ensured the conviction of the two accused aged 33 and 35 for the crimes they committed in 2013. They were sentenced to 35 years and 15 years respectively for attempted murder, robbery aggravated, rape and housebreaking and theft at Somerset West High Court in February 2015.
In a separate incident, two accused aged 27 and 34 were recently sentenced to life imprisonment for murder and robbery aggravated they committed during 2013. The quality investigation by Lwandle SAPS Detectives ensured their conviction. They were sentenced in Cape Town High Court on 11th May 2015. Lwandle SAPS are committed to working with the community in ensuring that the law takes its course and in the upcoming community meetings with the police, incidents of this nature will be discussed.
Source : South African Police Service