Two killed in Marikana mob justice

South Africa
Striking Lonmin mine workers dance and sing while starting to gather next to a hill called Wonderkop on May 14, 2013 in Marikana, where 34 people were shot and killed by South African police during protest action over better wages on August 16, 2012. Picture: AFP/TIRO RAMATLHATSE

NORTH WEST - Two men have been killed in an apparent mob justice attack at the Selokong informal settlement in Wonderkop, Marikana, North West police said on Tuesday.

Around 11pm on Monday a crowd of residents accused the two men of committing theft and other crimes in the area, Brigadier Thulani Ngubane said.

Police arrived to find one man dead and another badly burnt, but still alive.

"The deceased's clothes were burnt and he was allegedly set alight with tyres," Ngubane said.

The second man was taken to hospital, where he died on Tuesday morning.

Ten people were arrested in connection with the crime on Monday night. They would appear in the Marikana Periodical Court on Wednesday on charges of arson and murder.

Ngubane said the killings were unrelated to issues connected with Lomin's Marikana mine, where 44 people were killed in strike-related violence in August.

-Sapa

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