South Africa 30.1.2014 02:05 pm

Shop set alight as tensions mount after toddler death

Entrance to Bolobedu South and Kubjana blockaded with burning tyres, old refrigerators and other furniture, near Relela in Tzaneen, Limpopo. Picture supplied.

Entrance to Bolobedu South and Kubjana blockaded with burning tyres, old refrigerators and other furniture, near Relela in Tzaneen, Limpopo. Picture supplied.

A shop was set alight on Wednesday night after the body of a three year-old boy was found in a car belonging to a local businessman in Kubjana village in Bolobedu South, Limpopo.

According to some villagers who spoke on condition of anonymity, residents went on a rampage, burning the car owner ‘s shop after accusing him of causing the boy’s death.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe said the discovery of the body was made by the car owner when he returned home in the evening.

“After discovering the body and two girls aged three and five in his car he called the police,” said Ngoepe.

Ngoepe said preliminary investigations show that the three had locked themselves in the car while playing in the car and there was no one to open the door for them.

He said the other two of the children were unharmed and the post mortem will determine the cause of death of the boy. No one has been arrested in connection with the burning of the shop and police investigations are continuing.

Kubjana is a few kilometers from Relela where three people were shot dead during a violent clashes with police.

The violence started last Saturday following the discovery of a mutilated body of a 16 year-old girl, Kgomotso Ragolane.

After the release of the suspects believed to be responsible for girl’s murder, enraged residents staged a violent protest at the local satellite police station. During the confrontation a 15-year-old boy, Tshepo Baloyi, was shot on his way to the shops.

Protests continued on Tuesday, when angry residents, armed with petrol bombs and stones, attacked the satellite police station. Two residents Motsiri Molele and Mohale Selowa were shot dead, 15 police members were injured while a satellite police station and 19 police vehicles were destroyed.

National police commissioner, Riah Phiyega visited Relela on Wednesday and assured residents that the special police task teams will speed up investigations into the killings and violence in the area.

She said police did everything humanly possible to avoid the death of the villagers. She appealed to the community not to take the law into their own hands and allow the police to do their work.

– CNS

 

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