Women arrested for torching man in Holfontein

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TRICHARDT – A murder suspect was rescued by the police from being torched by angry family members and friends of the deceased in Holfontein.

Police said they received a complaint on Wednesday, 1 March that a man was being torched by a woman.

They responded and on arrival found the girlfriend of the deceased was being held hostage by community members.

Police rescued and arrested her and charged her with murder.

Some community members were aggressive towards the police and one was arrested for assault and for defeating the hands of justice.

According to the police, the woman said she did not torch the man, but that her friend did it.

Police also arrested the second woman on the same charge.

Const Valencia Koma, police spokesman, said the man was torched on Friday, 24 February and was taken to the Evander Hospital where he died on 1 March.

Residents said they were not happy with the way the police handled the matter.

Mr Suprise Zwane, community leader, said it is untrue that the community and the family wanted to torch the suspect.

He said they went to the suspect’s home to talk things over according to their culture and traditions.

“Police were even requested to be part of the meeting. Conflict unfortunately erupted because of high emotions.”

The member of the community who was arrested was released on bail.

The two women remain in custody and will soon appear in the Secunda Magistrate’s Court.

Sifiso Mathebula

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