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.