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Medea Statement
MEC Shongwe condemns vigilantism in Bushbuckridge

Mpumalanga Community Safety, Security and Liaison MEC Vusi Shongwe has called on the police to urgently bring to book all suspects to the existence of a vigilante group around Accornhoek in Bushbuckridge following the arrest of fifteen suspects.

 

Eight of the suspects have already appeared in court while another seven people will appear today. The suspects have been charged with assault and kidnapping. The bail hearing for all suspects will be heard on Monday, 14 July 2014.

 

The MEC held a meeting with Accornhoek Station management where he was briefed about the existence of a structure that is reportedly abducting crime suspects and subject them to a kangaroo court before they were assaulted them. The group, which reportedly has links with Bushbuckridge Residents Association (BRA) political party, was operating from an unoccupied government building that is situated in the plantations.

 

It is alleged that the group was kidnapping people who were suspected to be criminals and brutally beating them up.

MEDIA STATEMENT SHONGWE CONDEMNS VIGILANTISM IN BUSHBUCKRIDGE.doc