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No Arrest Yet For Arson And Public Violence At Shikhumba Village

Disgruntled community members burned four houses at Shikhumba village.  Image supplied.  

By Robert Maswanganyi

The South African Police Service (SAPS) in Giyani have on Tuesday confirmed that there are still no arrests made following the torching of four houses at Shikhumba village on the outskirts of Giyani.

They confirmed that investigations are ongoing to identify the suspects behind the incident that happened on the evening of 30 December 2019.

This came a week after the untimely demise of 17-year-old Destroy Nhlamulo Mahumani, who died on arrival at Nkomo Clinic. The community believes that the teenager died due to poisoning.

Giyani police spokesperson Constable Ridgewell Rikhotso said that the police responded swiftly after receiving information about an alleged incident of arson.

“We were approached by a neighbour who took the police to the place where the victims were hiding.

“Five members of the Ngobeni family who stayed in the torched houses were left without a home, and were taken to Giyani police station for their safety. Among them is an 80-year old woman, and a 5-month old baby,” said Rikhotso.

The angry community allege that a member of the victims’ family member is behind the poisoning.

According to reliable source, a postmortem was conducted but has so far not revealed conclusive evidence pointing to poison as the cause of death.

“No one has been arrested at this stage, but a case docket of arson and public violence was registered at Giyani SAPS”, concluded Rikhotso.

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