A 68-year-old man was stoned to death and a 25-year-old was injured after being attacked in the village of ga-Molepane, Limpopo, in what is believed to be a mob attack, police have said.
Police spokesperson Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo said the two men were driving a herd of cattle through a village at 08:00 on Friday morning “when a group of community members confronted them and accused them of stock theft”.
“They then started stoning the old man and thereafter set him alight. The deceased was burnt beyond recognition,” Mojapelo said.
The other man was being treated in hospital.
According to Mojapelo, when police arrived at the scene, they also came under attack when some residents started throwing stones at them.
One person was arrested.
The eight cattle have been impounded, until it can be determinded who owns them.
A case of murder, assault with the intent to cause grievous bodily harm, and malicious damage to property has been opened
Mojapelo said more arrests were expected.